He gives them valuable advice, allows them to make their own decisions and use him as a role model for their own lives. Atticus treats his children like responsible adults and lets them do things on their own. This allows the children to create their own ideas and decisions. “Jem condescended to take me to school the first day, a job usually done by one’s parents. (Lee,20)” Atticus lets Jem bring Scout to school so he can show her
Self respect is one of the most foremost essential traits to acquire in life. “It is then that you can extend yourself out to meet the needs of others”(evagregory.com). In Joseph Bruchac’s Code Talker, Ned Begay’s self respect is perhaps his most important attribute in that it allows him to stand up for himself, to pursue his goals, and to share his story. Firstly, Ned Begay’s ability to stand up for himself is a crucial aspect of his self respect. When he is “left standing there, a sad little boy holding tight against [his] chest” he is clinging to his past life, tradition, and families (12).
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Lee explores how each character deals with his or her own personal loss. Scout gives us the events from the society around her. In the situation of Scout and Atticus, a good and right leadership marks in a good decision and actions. Atticus inspires a strong sense of ethics and justice into both of his children, and he is completely devoted to them. Atticus always has a sense of doing what is right and tries to get Scout to do the same thing he does.
He is specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility. One of the most prominent character traits that Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem is honesty. During the Robinson case, Atticus utilizes, yet also intentionally abandons, the rituals that he follows in his daily life in order to make the real truth of the case known to Judge Taylor, the jury, and the crowd. When interrogating Mayella Ewell about the abuse she experienced, readers are able to see that he acts like a gentleman, which is a ritual he follows daily, and tries to show her that he wants the real truth out of her, not what Mr. Ewell forces her to say. The Harvard Law Review “Being Atticus Finch” expands on this idea, saying, “He is friendly and polite to a fault, but Mayella is right to be suspicious: as his cross-examination of her soon reveals, his affability is also part of his professional technique.
All children have a moment where they start to mature and come of age. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus tries to teach his daughter Scout to act more sophisticated and ladylike. When Scout was younger she would ignore Atticus’s request, but now that she has matured you can see her wanting to adjust her personality. Harper Lee uses the characterization of Scout to show the motif that she is coming of age, in the novel she has progressively become more empathetic, she doesn’t act on her impulses, and Scout is finally learning and gaining perspective of how people in Maycomb act toward each other. Even though Scout seems to be unfamiliar with how to act around other people when they are going through certain hardships, she began studying Atticus in an attempt to learn how to convey empathy.
That Scout does not understand the trial and raical issues, while Jean Louise Finch realizes the true problems in the community when looking back at her childhood. Harper Lee, as you can see, made a drastic difference between the child and Jean as an adult. It goes to show that a lot can be learned and there’s time to mature as you get older. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go
Atticus Finch is portrayed as great parent in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The way Atticus Finch acts at home and on the streets provide a good role model for Jem and Scout. He is a parent who always does the right thing and stays true to himself and to his children at all times. Atticus is a positive role model for his children because he is the same character wherever he goes and whoever he talks to. When Scout misinterprets Miss Maudie’s words she attempts to defend his father about how he does not do anything at home different than what he would do at work.
Calpurnia teaches her how to be respectful, learn the ways of Maycomb and stand up for what is right. Miss Maudie encourages Scout to be the type of woman she wants to be and mature properly in their racist town like her father has. Finally, as her biggest role model, Atticus gives life lessons that apply greatly throughout Scout’s life as well as the novel and teaches her tolerance for prejudice which assists her coming of age. Because of these role models Scout is changed and grown-up. This novel is still appropriate to life today because the morals do not lose value from the time period it was written compared to present time.
Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is noticeable that Atticus has various roles as a father, lawyer, and social crusader. In Atticus’ many roles he shows courage and behavior, in many instances, throughout the story. By standing up for what he believed in a civilized and determined way. His strongest motivation, however, were his kids. He wanted to set a prime example for his kids and instill in them with a strong sense of moral values and he did exactly
Jem and Scout learn a great quantity of lessons through their father and maid at home. Outside, they pick up insightful messages through their neighbors. Although children are unable to choose their parents and siblings, they are able to choose the people they look up to. The surrounding role models are important to them, for they shape the child’s values and morals and guide them through bumps in