A father plays a crucial role in the life of his children. One modern adage expresses a touching thought about fathers, stating, “Dad, a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.” This quote embraces the relationship of Atticus Finch and his children, Jem and Scout, in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Jeremy, the older of the Finch kids, holds his father in extremely high regard and depends on his guidance in life while his younger sister, Jean Louise, trusts Atticus whole-heartedly and adores him despite her occasional indifference toward him. During the three years in which To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, the author grants a glimpse of Atticus’ method of upbringing. Like so many exceptional fathers, Atticus proves his love, …show more content…
With his ample and persuasive demeanor, he teaches his children to love everyone, especially those who treat them with disdain and indifference. He demonstrates his striving love toward even the hardest of folk in his statement about Mrs. Dubose, “I certainly am [a nigger-lover]. I do my best to love everybody . . . I’m hard to put, sometimes--baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you. So don’t let Mrs. Dubose get you down. She has enough troubles of her own” (pg. 124). Consequently, this short sentiment displays Atticus’ unfailing desire to find everyone agreeable despite the circumstances and does well as an example for his growing children. Furthermore, he presents his unconditional love by following, possibly unconsciously, the commandments of the Bible where it lies said, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Not once in the pages of the To Kill a Mockingbird novel does Atticus result into severe and unfair disciple toward Jem and Scout, rather he determinedly instructs them in the ways of tenderness. Relentlessly, he seeks to find good in everyone, proving his pure character to his children who considerably look up to …show more content…
Their love for gossip and eagerness to voice their opinion about everything proves hard for the Finch family while they deal with the negativity on the Robinson’s trial. His perseverance surely displays itself in the instance of Mrs. Dubose when Atticus proclaimed, “Easy does it, son,” he [Atticus] would say. “She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentleman. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to make her mad” (pg. 115). With this short sentiment, Harper Lee demonstrates Atticus’ poise and politeness to Mrs. Dubose through his instruction to his son. Seemingly, Atticus desires to grow his children with the same patience toward others that he himself possesses because, after all, patience is a virtue. Agreeably, Mr. Finch’s kind mindset precisely aligns with David G. Allen’s words, “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” The predicament originating from the upcoming trial pushes Atticus to teach his children patience because he knows that his children will face hate due to their father’s decisions to stand for those of lower society. Continually, he showers his children with enduring devotion by bringing them up in the ways of patience and humility whilst facing the trials of
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They think that this is why he doesn’t do the things that other fathers do. This fact is proved shortly after when it’s said that “He did not do the things our schoolmates’ fathers did.” To the kids, this means that he is weak, not that he just has different interests than the other dads. Although Atticus may be old,
Atticus: A Godly Man, A Great Example In this world that man lives on, sin has corrupt God’s perfect and good creation because of the act Adam first committed at the beginning, and thus because of that , sin has corrupted man as well, making him a selfish, prideful, and envious monster. However, God has extended his grace and mercy towards him through his Son Jesus and what he has done on the cross, allowing man to have a relationship with Him. Not only that, God has also given the man who has faith in him his Spirit to dwell inside of him forever, and since that Spirit is slowly making him more like his Savior Jesus, man exhibits Christ-like characteristics that honor God, given to him by the Spirit. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, for example, Atticus, a lawyer and the father of Jem and Scout, displays great courage, loyalty, and
In the story, Ms. Dubose (a mean neighbor) often yells insults relating to Atticus, and when his daughter Scout talks to Atticus about this, Atticus still treats her equally, he doesn't hate, and remains content. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Page 33.) This quote relates to empathy, and it isn't good to judge people quickly, a person must fully understand what they themselves went through. Atticus knows Tom hasn't done anything wrong, he is a “clean living” person.
This story goes along with the curious opinions of a small girl named Jean Louise Finch. However, the true “mockingbird” in this story is her father, a lawyer by the name of Atticus. He is a humble man who will rise to defend the innocent and speak only the truth, all the while singing the tune of parenthood. This will be focused
In Harper Lee’s classic novel, ‘’To Kill a Mockingbird’’, the protagonist, and father of the narrator, Atticus Finch goes through many issues in his attempts to overcome separate forms of adversity, for many different reasons. In order to prevent these difficult situations, Atticus would have to risk his safety, reputation, and life. Finch had a distorted family life. Widowed only a few years prior to when the story takes place, Atticus worked incredibly hard as a lawyer, in order to support his two children, Jem and Scout.
Though many people acted stuck up and snooty in To Kill a Mockingbird, the character of Atticus, Calpurnia and Miss Maddie showed great humility. To begin with, Atticus displayed humility in every aspect of his life. Harper Lee portrayed Atticus with great wisdom, strength and courage yet he modestly kept these things to himself so that his children sometimes saw him as weak or old. He did not like to show off and tried to teach his kids this lesson in their lives. In one part of the story, just before Mr. Tate told Jem and Scout how great their father was, Atticus says, “Hush Heck, let’s go back to town” (129).
Parenting to some is a never ending struggle. Just when people think they have it down, it throws another challenge. In Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, a character is introduced as a human guide to parenting. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama. He has two children, Scout, and Jem.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells the story of two kids as they grow up in the South during the Depression. Jeremy Atticus Finch, also known as Jem, and Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout grow up with their father, Atticus in Maycomb, Alabama. The story takes place during three summers filled with life lessons about courage, justice, and friendship. Lee demonstrates that the loss of innocence occurs when one witnesses injustice. Jem loses his innocence by witnessing the prejudice against Tom Robinson, a black man.
Without each of these traits a dad is not good at being a father. In the story “ To Kill A Mockingbird” Atticus Finch is a very good father. Atticus is willing to explain everything to Jem and Scout. Mr. Finch always expects good behavior out of Jem and Scout. Atticus also provides everything for his family.
Atticus expresses compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird by acknowledging that Mrs. Dubose cannot control her actions even though she is very mean to his children. After Atticus finds out what Jem has done to her camellias, he shows compassion towards Mrs Dubose by talking to Jem about how what he did “to an old lady was inexcusable” (128). Mrs. Dubose struggled to control her morphine addiction before she passed away, causing her to act mean and aggressive towards Atticus and his children. Atticus wants his children to understand that some people cannot control their actions even though the reason is not apanent.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This saying is true in many cases and happens to be true in To Kill A Mockingbird. Throughout the book you see children of characters start to grow up and act like their father. This essay will be looking at three families in To Kill A Mockingbird, the Finches, the Cunninghams, and the Ewells. These three families are key examples that a father’s influence has a significant influence on the character of his children.
Father, lawyer, and friend, the gentlemanly Atticus Finch hopes to shape the character of his children. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is the story of the childhood of a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, Scout’s father, Atticus, tries his best to raise her and her brother, Jem, the right way as a single parent. To Kill a Mockingbird exemplifies the way the character of Atticus Finch either uses ritual or abandons it in order to develop certain character qualities within his children. He specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
Atticus displays compassion for others far more than any of the other characters in the novel. Atticus has so much compassion that in fact he is able to teach his own children how to love and respect others. Atticus shows his compassion when he is being called names during the trial, choosing to be kind to those who ridicule him, and to the innocent Tom Robinson. Without Atticus having his compassion, the other characters in the novel will never grow and learn to
Miss Maudie and Scout sit on her porch because Jem is off doing something else so they talk about life and look at the sky. “Our tacit treaty with Miss Maudie was that we could play on her lawn, eat her scuppernongs if we didn’t jump on the arbor, and explore her vast back lot…” (42). Miss Maudie lets Scout spend time with her so that she does not get sad that Jem and Dill went to play without her. A neighbour, Mrs. Dubose insulted the Finch Family all the time and yet Atticus is still kind to her because “she is sick and old”. Atticus tells Jem “Son, I have no doubt that you’ve been annoyed by your contemporaries about me lawing for niggers, as you say, but to do something like this to a sick old lady is inexcusable” (103-104).
TITLE “Sometimes I think I’m a total failure as a parent, but I’m all they’ve got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him…” Atticus is the teacher figure for his children, Jem and Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.