Atticus As An Exemplary Father Analysis

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Atticus is portrayed as an exceptional father in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mocking Bird. An exemplary father is someone who is a role model. Being a paternal figure is important because as a parent, he/she should guide their children to live a healthy life. During Tom Robinson’s trial, people express hatred towards African Americans because he is accused of raping a white young lady named Mayella. Due to this event, Scout is surrounded by people using the n word. Atticus makes sure that Scout doesn’t use offensive language. Since Scout isn’t aware of certain topics, Atticus teaches her about rape and how it isn’t right due to the significance of consent. He also shows honesty and sympathy throughout the story towards Jem. Like current …show more content…
Throughout this trial, Jem and Scout is hearing various people gossip about this topic. One Saturday afternoon, a man says, “they on go lose and rape up the countryside.” Scout doesn’t understand what the man is saying. Later on that day, she asks Atticus what rape is. He tells Scout that “Rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent” (135). This citation shows that Atticus is a father because of his teachings. In present day, rape is a huge crime that people neglect. In this story, the people in Maycomb don’t care about what Tom Robinson had to say even though he is accused. The fact that Atticus is educating his daughter about rape is …show more content…
As Sheriff Tate explains the evidence he finds, Atticus thinks that Jem is the one that killed Mr. Ewell. In terms of being a father, Atticus decides to give Jem a trial. During the court session, Atticus is fully prepared to defend Jem on the basis of self-defense because Jem isn’t the type of person to cover up the truth. As Atticus speaks he tells everyone in the courtroom “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I don’t want my boy starting with something like this over his head” (273). This citation shows the reader that Atticus is willing to get Jem out of trouble and provide defense. He also shows that he is protective over Jem. He doesn’t want Jem to get hurt since he cares about him. In conclusion, Atticus is portrayed as an exemplary father in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird. Throughout the novel, Atticus is shown as an exemplary father through his beliefs, teaching, affection and honesty. The author, Harper Lee is Scout Finch in this novel. The author wanted to show the audience how her father was. What I found significant in this novel is how Harper Lee shows her life through this novel. In the future, I will try to interpret my life in essays or short stories when

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