Why Is Atticus Finch Important In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach” - W. E. B. DuBois. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a book written by Harper Lee, about a lawyer named Atticus Finch and his two kids Jem and Scout. They live in Maycomb County, a small town in Alabama where they battle the harsh affects of racism on society. Atticus Finch is the type of parent who treats his children as responsible adults. 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
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“if you learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.(39)” This is Atticus giving Scout some very important advice, that she should look at things from someone else prospective before she jumps to conclusions and judges them. Atticus is letting her know a trick or rule in making decisions about others. Giving Scout some very important advice, that she should look at things from someone else prospective before she jumps to conclusions and judges them. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘ em, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird.(119)” Atticus tells this valuable piece of advice to Jem. It is a reference to Society, Mockingbirds don't do anything but good for Society where bluejays do. It means don't kill or harm anything that isn’t doing harm to Society or you. Atticus gives his children valuable advice all the time to help them grow up and be nice and respectful
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