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To Kill A Mockingbird: Atticus and His Children.

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Caleb Radomile Honors English 10 Mrs. Randolph March 8th, 2010 Atticus' Relationship with his Children In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a wide variety of child-parent relationships, whether it is the disastrous kind Bob Ewell shares with his children, or the loving, and respectable one between Atticus and his children. Atticus Finch teaches Jem and Scout life lessons using unconventional methods, but in the end, his teachings are highly ethical, and leave a lasting impression on his children. He also treats his children as he expects to be treated, with respect and as adults. His methods and parenting styles vary greatly from other parents in the book, which can be deduced from the way the children act. As opposed to Jem and Scout or mostly well behaved, open-minded children. An example of Atticus' parenting style is when Atticus forces Jem to read to Mrs. Dubose after destroying her yard. ...read more.

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He does not change his attitude towards people whether he is around other adults, at work, or with his children. He does not sugar-coat situations for Scout and Jem, which may do some, harm short-term, but will build their ability to handle problems as they get older. For example, he does not hesitate to tell his children, along with Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra, that Tom Robinson has been shot and killed for trying to escape prison. A normal parent would not tell a seven year old child about someone being killed in that way. Also, Atticus expects his children to respect every human being no matter what their background is, and treat everyone equally, which he exemplifies through defending Tom Robinson, allowing the children to attend the black church with Calpurnia, and telling Scout to not think of the Cunningham's as poor people, but respectable, hardworking people. Others in the town of Maycomb have different styles of parenting from Atticus'. ...read more.

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They have highest respect for him, and even refer to him by his official name rather than "dad" or "pa" out of a sign of respect. They also show that they love and care for Atticus as much as Atticus care for them. For example, when Jem destroys Mrs. Dubose's yard because she is insulting their father, he destroys the yard out of love for his father because Mrs. Dubose called him a "nigger lover." Atticus is not your typical parent, especially in the period of time in which To Kill a Mockingbird is based in. He loves and cares for his children, in which Jem and Scout show the same affection in return. But Atticus also tells them how things are, no sugar-coating, and treats them like adults, not little kids. Other characters in the story may not approve of the way he is raising, and treating his children, but in actuality, he is raising Jem and Scout in a way that they will be able to survive and thrive in society later in life. ...read more.

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