Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1156 Words Jan 7th, 2015 5 Pages
There are many parenting styles and methods in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The topics that will be focussed on are the respect, integrity, and different values Atticus, Bob Ewell and Walter Cunningham instil in their children. The many different adults as parents in To Kill a Mockingbird highlights distinctive methods on nurturing children, reminding us that the future of children heavily rests on the influence of parents.

The first and most important influence is the respect the contrasting parents show in regards to their children involving three very different men with a variety of character traits. Atticus is a loving and good-natured man especially around his children. He takes his role as a father in his children’s life quite seriously and has never once hit them; this is proven when Scout declares “Atticus ain’t ever whipped me since I can remember (Lee 75). Whereas, Bob Ewell a man who is an irresponsible father who is seen as a criminal, taking part in the abusive actions on his own daughter, both physically and sexually. In the story, Atticus as the lawyer made an attempt to prove to Judge Taylor that since Bob is left-handed, he is more likely to leave bruises on the right side of Mayella’s face compared to Tom Robinson with a disabled left arm, this is shown when the text reads “If her right eye was blacked… tend to show that a left-handed person did it” (Lee 238). With respect to Walter Cunningham, he seems to be a good father with the…

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