Children are born into the world with no set guidelines or morals until they can get a basic understanding of the world around them. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a man with incredible amounts of honor and morality. His two kids see a lot of the cruelty that exists in life throughout their childhood, from a racist trial to a truly bitter person. Atticus tries to instill several morals into his children so that they will lead successful lives in the future with a strong understanding of the world. Atticus has his children read to a bitter old lady named Mrs. Dubose, so that they can help her overcome her morphine addiction.
Atticus is portrayed as an exceptional father in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mocking Bird. An exemplary father is someone who is a role model. Being a paternal figure is important because as a parent, you should guide your children to live a healthy life. During Tom Robinson’s trial, people expressed hatred towards African Americans because he was accused of raping a white young lady named Mayella. Due to this event, Scout was surrounded by people using the n word.
Atticus teaches his children, Scout and Jem the important lesson of placing oneself in another’s position before going to judge him or her by asking them not to bother a character called Boo Radley. Boo Radley, a man never seen outside his house, ever, has superstition and rumors about him in the society of Maycomb since he never comes out. When Scout and Jem cannot get Boo to come out of his house, Scout remembered that earlier, Atticus had told her that “‘...if [she can] learn a simple trick, [she’ll] get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. [She’ll] never really understand a person until [she considers] things from his point of view...until [she climbs] into his skin and [walks] around in it’” (39). Atticus knows that there is a reason why Boo Radley does not come out of his house, why he told Scout and Jem not to bother him.
Throughout the book Atticus faces many conflicts that he handles very well, making him the hero of the story. When responding to conflict, Atticus Finch shows to be a very responsible man. Atticus states “...if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something i’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and i’d rather it be me than that household of children out there.” (Lee Page 218) Atticus knew that beacuse he had humiliated Bob Ewell in court that Bob would be very angry. He knew that
This means that he acts the same no matter the situation; he will always do what he thinks is right and necessary. He also refuses to change this pattern when confronted with the proposition that his son killed Bob Ewell. He also doesn’t lie. He is very direct and tell the truth as it is. All in all I think Atticus was an extremely important character and his attributes greatly affected the story.
How can two novels like “ The Kite Runner and “ To Kill a Mockingbird have any similarities or differences? In “The Kite Runner” one of the most known characters that sacrifices his life for family and what he believes in is Hassan, he is a brave and tough person who has had many challenges in his life. More than, in “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus is the same, he always stands with what 's right and is willing to do the impossible to fight against racist people. Hassan and Atticus are both characters who are role models and intelligent. On the other hand their intelligence and respect sometimes disturbs other characters.
Children learn from their parent’s mistakes and one thing Okonkwo learned was to rule by one thing” passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness.” Therefore, he wants to raise Nwoye with fear and abuse since, his father raised him with gentleness. Okonkwo is afraid Nwoye will “be found to resemble his father” so, he treated him and Ikemefuna “with a heavy hand.” Okonkwo was “fond of the boy” but, he did not “express any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger.” Therefore,” when Okonkwo heard that he would not eat any food he came into the hut with a big stick in his hand and stood over him while he swallowed his yams, trembling.” This shows that Okonkwo is raising Nwoye with fear so, he will raise up to be a successful man who will do what he is told no matter what and not be lazy. Okonkwo is scaring Nwoye that he will beat him so, he will listen to him. Everything Okonkwo is doing is because he “was not a cruel man.
Throughout the book, Harper Lee suggests that a father’s influence has a significant effect on the character of his children. Jem and Scout look up to their father and both children develop into morally upright individuals. Walter Jr. shares many of his father’s character traits such as hard working. Walter Jr. is also a quiet, respectful boy who values hard work. Burris and Mayella both are disrespectful, terrible individuals.
He is a true gentleman who has an exceptional sense of justice and a positive reputation among the citizens of Maycomb. There is a section of chapter 10 that validates everything said about Atticus’ character thus far. “When he gave us our air-rifles Atticus wouldn’t teach us to shoot. Uncle Jack instructed in the rudiments thereof; he said Atticus wasn’t interested in guns. Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds.
Hassan does everything for Amir, most specifically, he runs his kites, and when the town bully wants to steal that kite, Hassan resists even in the face of unspeakable violence. He resists for Amir whom he loves with his whole heart. Amir witnesses this struggle, but he does nothing; he runs away since “he was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini 77). Amir has always believed, deep down, that his father favored Hassan, a Hazara, the dirt of Afghan society, over him, his own son. Seeing Hassan reduced to that level of baseness is perversely satisfying for him.