Essay on Parental Discipline And Their Personality Development

1858 Words Oct 21st, 2015 8 Pages
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” This quote, made by John Wooden, accurately describes what parents in our society would want to tell their children from a young age; the age at which a child’s mind can still be influenced. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee is trying to convey that parental discipline and support in a child’s life is crucial to a child’s identity. Atticus, teaches his children: Jem and Scout, valuable character traits throughout the novel which aid them with their personality development. The most predominant traits which he establishes are courage, empathy and integrity.

In the novel, Atticus teaches Scout and Jem that being courageous is having a strong mind rather than physical traits. The first example is when Atticus shows Jem through Mrs. Dubose that courage comes in different forms, and inner strength is a very important part of it. He says that although Mrs. Dubose is old and not physically strong, her mental strength makes her the most courageous woman he has ever met since unlike just shooting a dog, she chooses to stop taking morphine regardless of the painful consequences and does not give up. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter…

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