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Atticus as a father in to kill a mockingbird

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ATTICUS AS A FATHER: Atticus represents morality and reason in "To Kill a Mocking Bird ''.As a character he is even handed throughout the story .He is a very mature and balance person with a very high moral standard and values. His parenting style is also quite unique. He takes great pride in instilling a powerful sense of morality in his children. He encourages their inquisitive minds and makes them grow intellectually and morally. He treats Jem and Scout as adults and gives honest straightforward answers to any question they pose. He does not hesitate to even include some technical details including that of rape. ...read more.

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He thereby teaches the children not to have double standards or be a hypocrite. By trying to be nice to his sister Aunt Alexandra he teaches the children the concept of family unity and often plays the role of a peace maker. He does not believe in stereotyping people and helps Scout maintain her individuality and be a tomboy and does not insist her to be brought up the traditional way. At the same time he accepts his limitations and realizes that his children need a mother figure and recognizes that she is a far better homemaker . By doing so he lets it be known that he is not influenced by the racial prejudices of Maycomb. ...read more.

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He also talks to them on the evils of taking advantage of those less fortunate or less educated or vulnerable. He carries his philosophy to the animal world by his refusal to hunt. By sharing life's truths and experiences Atticus teaches his children much more than school would. Atticus urges his children to try to step into other people's shoes to understand how they feel and see things from their point of view. This really helped the children to develop a much better understanding of people and gradually remove the prejudices they harboured in their mind. These lessons and education were valuable in their upbringing and changed their perspective of people and life. It broadened their moral and social understanding!! ...read more.

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