Is Atticus in your opinion a good father? In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is the father of Jem and Scout

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Is Atticus in your opinion a good father?         In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is the father of Jem and Scout, Jean-Louise, Finch. Throughout the novel he is portrayed as a good father. Although being a single parent, Atticus has an extremely busy schedule, including defending Tom Robinson, his prime concern is for Jem and Scout.         Atticus is a good father to Jem and Scout, but he has to gain their respect. In their eyes they see him as an ageing man who has little or no value to them, because of this; Jem and Scout don't see him as a role model until a string of events puts it into perspective.                         Atticus Finch is used to convey Harper Lee's feelings about race, society as a mass, and morals. Atticus teaches the children in three simple ways which are; the use of examples, verbal statements, and learning through experience. Atticus uses these techniques to help his children to become upholding members of the local society. Jem and Scout are subjected to a sharp learning curve; at the start of the novel they have an innocence about them and are naïve as to what is happening between blacks and whites. They play and act like regular children, until the court case against Tom Robinson. There is a sharp contrast between Scout and Jem at the start of the novel compared to the end where they convey maturity and a feeling of
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self-pride, which appears to be installed into them by Atticus’ dealings throughout the proceedings.                Atticus Finch uses examples to teach Scout and Jem, he lets Calpurnia, who is black, eat with them, something that is frowned upon in their town. Also he treats everyone with the courtesy they deserve, despite their colour. A good example of this is when Mr Ewell spits in Atticus’ face he stays calm and wipes off the saliva and does not react. This shows to Jem how he could stay calm even if provoked through an attack or hurt by someone. Atticus makes it a ...

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