Atticus Finch Admirable Father Essay

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Parenting can be one of the most challenging jobs a person undertakes. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are numerous characters that appear as parental figures. Atticus Finch, a widower, a father of two, and a lawyer is one of the many characters. He treats everyone with respect, whether it is the townspeople, his housekeeper, his children, or anyone around him. Atticus also stays true to his morals and stands up for what he believes in no matter what happens. Although some may question whether Atticus is really an admirable father. Though he may make some mistakes as a parent, overall he is an admirable father. In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows how Atticus, although not a perfect father, teaches his children…show more content…
When asked by his children why he chose to defend Tom Robinson when he knew he would most likely not win. He replied to them that if he hadn't, he wouldn't be able to believe in himself anymore. He chose to defend Tom Robinson because if he did not he would be going against all his personal morals and principles. Atticus tries to make his children realize that it is not because of the person's color that makes them innocent or guilty. Nor is it the economic status of a person that decides the amount of respect deserved by the person in question. He demonstrates this in the courtroom while defending Tom Robinson against Bob Ewell and his daughter Mayella. Although, there are those who believe that Atticus is not an admirable father because he is not married, so they do not have a mother, the children run around unsupervised frequently and he exposes them to events that children may not be able to understand. Even if these things are true Atticus is still just a man. He is single because he loves his wife so much that he did not want to remarry, Atticus lets his children run around unsupervised and exposes them to events they may not be able to understand in hopes that they will learn from their
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