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Compare and contrast the presentation of Atticus and Gradgrind. How successful do Harper Lee and Charles Dickens believe them to be as fathers?

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Introduction

In both books, one of the most important characters is a father, but attitudes of the two men towards their children are very different. Compare and contrast the presentation of Atticus and Gradgrind. How successful do Harper Lee and Charles Dickens believe them to be as fathers? ...read more.

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I will clarify the father's views on education, discipline and treatment of others. I will begin by giving Atticus' basic views. Atticus believes that children should be allowed to be children. "I asked Atticus about it, he said there were already enough sunbeams in the family and to go on about my business, he didn't mind me much the way I was." ...read more.

Conclusion

Gradgrind views children as numbers in the Coketown population. Atticus also respects children because of their pureness and innocence and is described as treating his children with courteous detachment. Gradgrind doesn't allow his children to be childlike. He doesn't allow them to behave like normal adolescents. Gradgrinds reaction when he finds his children watching the circus he reacts in a "In the name of wonder, idleness and folly! What do you do here." ...read more.

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