The Influence Of Parents In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Parents have a big responsibility to influence their kids to be good people and expose them to good environments. Being an only parent it makes it extra hard to do so because they only have you to look up to. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee a family lives in a small town, Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus Finch, the father of Scout (daughter) and Jem (son), works hard and influences their lives through words and actions everyday. Atticus is the only parent of Scout and Jem, even though they have Calpurnia (like a mother to Scout and Jem). Calpurnia is a women of color who usually stays in the house doing work so the kids can not learn from her as much as they can Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer who is offered a case to defend Tom Robinson …show more content…
This is why it was such a good opportunity for Scout and Jem to watch Atticus, a very honest man, speak the truth about what he felt so they can learn from him. Atticus is very honest to Scout and Jem which gained their trust in each other. When he was honest to them about the case they knew that they could be honest. For example Atticus tells Scout that they are not going to win the case. “Atticus, are we going to win it?’ ‘No, honey.’ ‘Then why-’ ‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win (101)”. When Atticus is honest to Scout it lets her know that she can be honest too. Jem and Scout get more connected to each other when they tell the truth because they then know the truth of what is going on. Atticus really influence Scout and Jem’s lives when he tells the truth because then they will grow up telling the truth just like Atticus. Scout and Jem learn to have integrity when Atticus is defending Tom because when his kids are there watching him they see how he can be honest to anyone and not care. This then starts to rub off on Scout and Jem because they start telling the truth more often. For example Scout tells Jem everything that happens when she walks Boo Radley home. This shows us that she trusts him very much and is willing to tell him the

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