Essay on Atticus Finch's Parenting Style

1120 Words Feb 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Atticus Finch and His Parenting Style “To Kill a Mockingbird”, an acclaimed novel by Harper Lee, is recognized throughout the world. The novel follows a lawyer and his children prior to and during a legal case to defend a black male. That lawyers name is Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is not just an ordinary father. He teaches his children things no parent of the 1930s, or even the modern time period, would think of doing. His style parenting, compared to modern day parenting and parenting in the 1930s, is unique and is not traditionally the way a parent wants to raise their child. The parenting styles of the 1930’s are very different then the style’s now, especially that of Atticus Finch, who raises his children in a very …show more content…
“As you grow older you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” Although, Atticus was an exemplary father his ideas of how his children were going to be raised and what they were going to be taught about racism was entirely different than other parents in the 1930’s. A typical white parent in the 1930’s would teach their children that all men are not created equal. They would have their children believe that a white man is superior to a black man in every way. They would say that a white man is a kinder, more honest gentleman than a black man could ever become. Take Bob Ewell as an example. In the novel, Bob Ewell is about as racist as they come. He had his daughter accuse an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, of rape and assault. Mr. Ewell taught his daughter in those many days that it was okay to falsely accuse someone because they are of African-American decent. Atticus’s view on this was entirely different. He used his influential power over his children to make them understand what is right and

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