Who Is The Father Figure In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee houses an interesting cast of characters. Atticus, the protagonist’s father, is a kind man in his Fifties. He raises his children kindly and carefully. At even the most awkward or difficult of times, he remains cool and collected. Because the story takes place at the time of World War Two, it makes how Atticus acts very nicely toward colored people refreshing, compared to some other characters. Atticus acts fatherly, calm, and looks past race. As a father of two, Atticus acts as a strong parental figure. He plays his important role as a father expertly, to raise his children properly. “When he gave us our air-rifles Atticus wouldn’t teach us to shoot. 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’” (119). In this instance, Atticus demonstrates his cautiousness for his children. He knows how strong tools can bring temptation, and later in this chapter, Jem almost gets himself in a spot in trouble with his gun. …show more content…

At one point of the story, an angry mob wanted to lynch a black man, Mr. Robinson, before his trial took place. Atticus decided to stop them in front of the jail. “In ones and twos, men got out of the cars. Shadows became substance as lights revealed solid shapes moving toward the jail door. Atticus remained where he was” (202). He knew that this group were ready to kill, but he stood his ground, risking his life for Mr. Robinson’s. Even while under pressure, Atticus keeps his

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