To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis Essay

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Essay Prompt: In a 1-2 page character analysis, explain what makes Atticus such a good parent, using quotes and evidence from the text to back up your claims.

The Most Memorial Parent
In 2003, the American Film Institute chose Atticus Finch, a respectful, dignity attorney from To Kill a Mockingbird, as the greatest hero in 100 years of film history. Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in the 1960s and it immediately received huge acclaims from readers throughout the world. In the novel, Lee created Atticus Finch, the ideal parent of Jem and Scout, who gains much respect from his children and Maycomb inhabitants through series of events the family encounters in the novel. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus exemplifies the
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Immediately, Atticus “[shakes] his head at [her]” disapprovingly and lets Calpurnia lecture her (page 24). By letting Calpurnia admonish Scout, Atticus tells Scout to respect and obey not only him, but also every other family member, even though she might not like them equally. Atticus shows true respect to Calpurnia because she cooks food for his family, protects his children while he is at work, and cares for them as if they are her own children. Through events in Maycomb, Atticus teaches Jem and Scout to show respect to everyone, regardless of their appearances or odd behaviors. Besides respect, Atticus accentuates courage as a fundamental element to grow up in his parenting career. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus was invited to Mrs. Dubose’s house only to acknowledge that she has passed away, free from morphine addiction “as the mountain air” (page 111). He comes home, bringing the gift of Mrs. Dubose for Jem and a message of him. As Jem opens the gift, Atticus enlightens him with the new definition of courage: “courage is [not] a man with a gun in his hand… and you see it through no matter what” (page 112). Mrs. Dubose’s present, a white, perfect camellia embodies hope and bravery. When Jem loses his head and beheads every single blossom in Mrs. Dubose’s garden, the camellias still strive powerfully to grow and produce such heavenly creature, just like Mrs. Dubose trying and hoping to cleanse her addiction. Even though Mrs. Dubose and Atticus oppose their

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