To Kill A Mockingbird Like Father Like Son

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“Like father, like son”, are just some of the few words that are said by many people in the world today. Each parent’s personality reflects on their kid, whether the kid is nice, mean, well mannered, rude, smart, or unintelligible. One thing for certain, whatever you see in a person, you see in their kid. While both parents are single fathers, that have the help of another woman, you see two different parenting perspectives. In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one man, Atticus Finch, who gives all he has, to make sure that his kids are growing up in the best way possible, and another, Bob Ewell, who would rather buy whiskey, than support his family and this reveals the theme that kids are a mere reflection of their parents. Atticus’…show more content…
A bad parent, abandoning his children to get drunk, then comes home and beats his eldest daughter, Mayella Ewell. Not able to have enough money to buy food, clothing, or anything that is valuable, is a big disadvantage to the Ewell’s. “it's certainly bad when a man spends his relief checks on green whisky while his children have a way of crying from hunger pains”.(p 34). What kind of father spends more money on alcohol, than on children? A father that does not care. On top of that, he spends even more time beating up Mayella Ewell, his eldest daughter. The book explains how The Ewells are the poorest class in the town of Maycomb. The Ewells look through the trash every day, looking for new ways to eat, or renovate their home. "The varmints had a lean of it, for the Ewells gave the dump a thorough gleaning every day” (Pg. 31) Even the residence with Negroes that lives about 40 minutes from there, is a nicer residence, but people value the Ewells even higher that them, which shows a big sign of discrimination in the city. People really disrespect the Ewells, for many reasons, and their father as the biggest problem in the family. “He was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness.” (Pg. 212) This quote makes the audience see that Bob Ewell does not care for anything except for whiskey. If he was smart enough to show even a little bit of energy, he would have had enough money for the whole
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