The Qualities Of A Good Parent Essay

1024 Words Aug 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Good role models appear abundantly in literature to teach lessons to both the characters in the story and to the reader. Many of these role models are a parent of the protagonist. For example, Hans Hubbermann (from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak) displays how a father should act through his relationship with his adopted daughter Liesel. He always shows her kindness and love, encourages her to view people in different and better ways, and teaches her to read, which she wants to do more than anything. Similarly, Atticus Finch is a great father figure to Scout and Jem. The evidence is clear; he wants the best for his kids, and leaves them with as many valuable lessons as he can. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch to illustrate the qualities of good parenting. Atticus displays the qualities of a good parent because he teaches many important lessons to his kids. First of all, Atticus tells them to consider things from other people’s perspective when dealing with other people in the town. One day, Scout comes home, mad about what happened at school with Walter Cunningham and her teacher. Seeing her bad mood, Atticus describes to her why she cannot be angry with the student and the teacher before understanding the motives behind their actions. While lecturing her, he states, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Scout takes a long…

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