Importance Of The Father In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” is a quote from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This book is about a family of three, living in a household with the addition of their aunt. This includes Scout (daughter), Jem (son), Atticus (father), and Aunt Alexandrea (aunt). The kids do not call their father by that title, but by his name Atticus. The second part of the book is about a black man on trial who was accused of raping a woman. Atticus was his attorney and he tried everything he could to make sure the jury saw that he did not rape her, but sadly, it was not a success and he was sent to jail. They live in a small town in Macomb, Alabama.…show more content…
Atticus allows his kids to watch the trial of Tom Robinson. For example, “Tell you what, you all can come back when you’ve eaten your supper-eat slowly, now, you won’t miss anything important--ant if the jury’s still out, you can wait with us” (Lee p. 277). Atticus permits his kids go wherever they want and whenever they want. For instance, “Yes, said our father, when Jem asked him if we could go over and sit by Miss Rachel’s fishpool with Dill, as it was last night in Maycomb” (Lee p. 67). Scout does not usually get in trouble with her father. Even after an incident at the school where she fought with another kid, Atticus easily forgave her. An illustration of this would be when he said,”Try fighting with your head for a change….. it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning” (Lee p. 101). While Atticus is easy going, he does like to put in a couple of lessons in like,”The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee p. 100). In this, Atticus was explaining to Scout why she should not fight people just because they said that he was a “nigger lover.” In conclusion, Atticus is a little easier going on his kids, but he always tries to makes a lesson out of…show more content…
First, Atticus does not show affection like the usual parent, he tries to be good and make lessons out of simple things. Next, he is easy going enough to let his kids go where they want because he trusts them. Last, he is strong minded enough to know that everyone has their own opinions, but also knows that he cannot let some of their opinions get in his head. In the beginning of the book I quoted what Atticus said in the book,” You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” What is meant to be taken from this is that while most people do not know others’ lives first hand, they do not stop and think about how much they could hurt someone. So, while Atticus is a very unusual parent, he loves his kids and is a good father where it

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