Throughout our lives we're influenced and taught by many. It can have an effect on the way we view problems and events within public boundaries. One of the most important and most effective influences children have in their lives occurs from their parents. The parents of a child can have both a positive and a negative influence on their lives. In this novel there are two very good examples of how parents can be an important influence on their children. Father of Jem and Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, plays the loving, caring and intelligent single parent, he is struggling to keep his family together. He is an example of how parents can have a positive influence on their children. Bob Ewell, father of Mayella Ewell, is the drunken, abusive,
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30). Using this belief Atticus tries to teach Jem and Scout on moral values. Bob Ewell however, neglects his children and turns his back on them leaving out love and care from their lives.. He basically teaches his children to hate and be picky towards people of colour. Bob Ewell is cross-examined in the courtroom, and is asked several questions. When he is asked if he is the father of Mayella Ewell, he replies, "Well, if I ain't I can't do nothing about it now, her ma's dead" (Lee, pg.172). This is one example of how Bob Ewell does not display emotion towards his children and their well-being.
Many important characteristics of one's personality can be passed down to their children. A child can learn to be courageous from examples that are set by the people that surround them. True courage is taught to Jem after Mrs. Dubose dies. Atticus reveals to Jem that he was using her as an example to teach him about true courage; "Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety five pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody"... "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 that you're licked before you begin, and you begin anyway" (Lee, pg.112). Atticus teaches Jem that true courage is when you know that your chances of accomplishing somthing are very slim, but you go for it