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Is Atticus Finch a Good Father and Role Model in the Novel To Kill a Mockingbird

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Is Atticus Finch a Good Father and Role Model in the Novel 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'? Atticus Finch is shown as a good father and role model throughout the book, especially at certain times. The community of Maycomb acts and behaves in different ways towards Atticus, and Atticus reacts differently towards the community. Everyone has different views to whether Atticus was actually a good or bad father/role model. Atticus proved to be a good father, as he had taught or got Calpurnia to teach his children at home, before they even started to go to school. "She would set me a writing task by scrawling the alphabet firmly across the top of the tablet, then copying out a chapter of the bible beneath." ...read more.

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"I am simply defending a Negro-his name is Tom Robinson." Atticus is saying this quite proudly, showing respect towards the Negros. This states to us, the role model that he is. Another example where Atticus is a good father plus a role model is, when he teaches his children not to swear. "Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting any attention with it." A second thought that can be taken from this phrase is that, Atticus knows his children will use bad language, but as long as they learn to stop he is happy. Atticus is always teaching his kids good morals, moreover how to think. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... ...read more.

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This quote shows that he wants respect, furthermore he wants to be an idol by symbolising and epitomizing the country. Atticus was being a great father by teaching his children courage. "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." He tells his children not to be stereotypical about things, additionally don't judge a book by its cover. In conclusion, from all the points that I have mentioned, Atticus is a very good father and role model, since he has a high morale. However, there are many statements where it can be justified that he did some wrong things. ...read more.

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