Influence Of Father In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This saying is true in many cases and happens to be true in To Kill A Mockingbird. Throughout the book you see children start to grow up and act like their fathers. This essay will be looking at three families in To Kill A Mockingbird, the Finches, the Cunninghams, and the Ewells. These three families are key examples that a father’s influence has a significant impact on the character of his children. Atticus Finch is a morally upright person as he does not lie and treats everyone as equals. Atticus also teaches his kids a number of important lessons and tries to set a good example for them. In Chapter Three, of To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus shows that he cares about Scout’s feelings as he is quick to…show more content…
Scout tells Atticus about her bad day of school and he decides to teach her an important trick. Atticus says, “if you can 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" (Lee, 39). Atticus also continuously tells Scout and Jem to keep their cool and to act politely throughout the book. In Chapter Nine, Scout asks Atticus if he defends “niggers” Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a man named Tom Robinson and that he is African American. Atticus urges Scout to keep calm and to not get angry if anyone tries to provoke her. Atticus says, “You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down" (Lee, 101). Atticus also never lets an opportunity pass that he could use to expose his children to a positive experience or share some advice. In Chapter Eleven, Atticus makes Jem read to Mrs. Dubose as punishment for ruining Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes and at the end of Chapter Eleven, Mrs. Dubose
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