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How are fathers presented in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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How are fathers presented in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird there are five fathers shown and they all are very different from each other. The five different fathers are Atticus, Bob Ewell, Dill's stepfather, Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Radley. Atticus is Scout and Jem's father, he is very open minded and is a fair man. Bob Ewell is Mayella's father and he is very rough and uncaring. Dill's stepfather doesn't spend much time with him. Atticus is a fair and kind character. He doesn't follow what everyone else believes to be right, he sees things differently. He doesn't have a problem with black people which rarely in that time did people think that. Atticus treats his children with respect and he likes them to make their own decisions and respects the decisions they make. "Atticus had two yellow pencils for me...Jem told him what happened" (Page 118, chapter 11), this shows he is secretly the praising the children for making the right decision. He gives the children a lot of respect, he sees them as adults. He wants to slowly give them more responsibility, he does it slyly. A quote which supports this idea is "Not yet son. Do as I tell you. Run now. Take care of Scout you hear?". ...read more.

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Didn't Bob Ewell beat you up?"(Chapter 18, page 207). This makes you believe he did beat up his daughter and if he did this just shows what type of father he is. It shows he is aggressive and doesn't love his children. You can tell he has a short fuse if he can beat up his daughter like he did, then force her to lie about it all. Tom Robinson says that Mayella said "What her papa do to her don't count"(Chapter 18, page 214) this suggests her father might be raping her. Tom Robinson says "Mr. Ewell didn't seem to help her none, and neither did the chillin and I known she did not have no nickels to spare" (Page 211, chapter 19). This shows that Bob Ewell is a bad father and spends no time with his children and leaves Mayella to do everything. He seems very selfish that he doesn't do anything in the house instead he just spends all the money on alcohol (suggests this in the book). The children don't get cared well by him. They don't shower and are very rude. They probably get the rudeness from they're father. "Aint no snot-nosed slut...me do nothin'!"(Chapter 3, page 30). Calling a teacher a slut for no real reason and waiting for her to cry is very horrible. ...read more.

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Mr. Radley is Boo Radley's father. He seems a little odd and uncaring of his son (Boo) a quote which supports this is "The judge decided to send the boys...Mr. Radley thought it was". If he was a really good parent he would want his child to get help not keep him locked up in the house. Mr. Radley was shown as a strange and mysterious man, no one really knew really what type of father he was. Everything people heard was hearsay. He never talked to anyone. You never really saw the children because they were always inside the house and the shutters were always closed, a quote which supports this is "The shutters and doors...cold weather only". He did the same thing every day until he died a quote which supports this is "Mr. Radley walked...contained the family groceries" (Chapter 1, page 10) The best father of them all I think is Atticus because he was the only one who really treated his child well and taught them good manners. He was the only one who didn't follow what everyone else did and just generally cared about his children. Fathers play a big part in the novel, every father in this book is different. They are presented in this book as the person who makes all the decisions and they are powerful. Mr. Ewell made the decision that Mayella should lie in court and she did it. Mr. Radley made Boo stay in the house instead of go to an asylum. By Sara Jafari ...read more.

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