Essay about Is Atticus Finch As The Perfect Father And Man?

1223 Words Mar 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Most people will agree that good parenting is based on love, respect, support, authority and understanding. In order to have a good relationship with your child all those ideas are a necessity. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee portrays Atticus Finch as the perfect father and man. He is seen to show all of these characteristics to his children inside the house, and out in public. He does have a weakness though that readers seem to overlook along with his many strengths that give his character so much credit .
Atticus Finch is not always the most authoritative figure for his children, and has a very naive outlook on life. Often times, Jem and Scout are left unsupervised, and although Atticus has a demanding job, he could still have Calpurnia keep a closer eye the children. On many occasions, Jem and Scout are seen playing outside in the yard alone. Not always, but quite often this leads to them mocking Boo Radley in some way and trying to get him to come out of his house by doing activities such as looking through his window or touching his house. On another occasion, Jem and Scout were headed into town when they passed Mrs. Dubose on her front porch. They had a short conversation until Mrs. Dubose said, ‘“Not only a Finch waiting on tables, but one in the courthouse lawing for n*****s!”’(Lee 101). This comment put Jem over the edge causing him to later cut the tops off of every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned. If Atticus would have been with them or had…

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