To Kill a Mockingbird Parenting
There are two primary moms and dads in this novel: Atticus Finch, daddy of Scout and Jem, and Bob Ewell, daddy of Mayella Ewell. They are contrasting characters; Atticus is usually shown as a decent individual with good morals, and a great dad, whereas Ewell is revealed to be selfish and a bad father. One of the primary reasons Atticus makes an excellent moms and dad is that he does not show off, and is modest; for instance when the children discover Atticus was ‘the deadest shot in Maycomb County in his time’, he does not celebrate about it, and the truth that the kids had never ever discovered this before shows that Atticus feels it is unimportant.
As Jem says; ‘I reckon if he ‘d wanted us to know it, he’da told us. If he took pride in it, he’da informed us.’ This tells us that he isn’t worried about how he appears, due to the fact that he isn’t especially proud of his credibility. The method Harper Lee writes ‘he’da informed us’ twice, it shows Jem not only attempting to persuade Scout of it, but also himself. In contrast, Harper Lee shows Mr Ewell to be rather the opposite. He hates Atticus due to the fact that he ‘damaged his last shred of trustworthiness’.
This shows him to be interested in his reputation, which implies he will most likely pay more attention to himself rather than his children, which could result in them being ignored. Atticus interacts with his children in a more friendly than fatherly method, shown at the beginning of the novel when Scout specifies that he treats us (Scout and Jem) with ‘courteous detachment’, which they found their dad ‘acceptable’.
This term ‘courteous detachment’ shows that he isn’t the kind of father who attempts to have an input in everything they do, but lets them grow up making their own decisions and mistakes, so when they reach adulthood they will be prepared. Scout finds her dad ‘satisfying’, however does not say whether this is enough for her. Nevertheless, throughout the unique, the reader thinks that Scout enjoys for her father to treat them in this way, and that she enjoys being independent from him as it indicates she and Jem can go on their experiences. Likewise, they do not call Atticus Daddy, or a comparable paternal name; they describe him as Atticus.
This again implies their relationship is more of a friendly one. Nevertheless, Scout still has regard for her daddy, since she typically calls him ‘Sir’. He also knows when to get offended by what his kids are stating, and when they are just being ignorant, for instance when Scout asks why he was ‘so old’, he replies that ‘he got going late’ in a joking method, rather than being insulted and snapping. This informs us he understands how children’s minds work, and he does not take himself too seriously, and can tease his kids and act like a child himself.
Atticus teaches his kids to treat people fairly and avoid the bias of the town “You never ever actually understand a person up until you think about things from his viewpoint … till you climb up into his skin and walk around in it.” This is his main concept in life, and he wishes to make sure that his children understand this is the right way to live. He attempts to describe it in streamlined methods to his younger child, Scout, and we then see her try to follow his guidance throughout the book; for instance at the end of the unique when she understands Boo Radley’s viewpoint on the area.
The word ‘skin’ is necessary in this quote, because this book is about Atticus safeguarding a Negro, so this quote might refer to black individuals and Scout attempting to understand their place in the neighborhood and how to treat them. When Scout inquires about his protecting of Tom Robinson, he informs her it is what any person would do, when actually he implies what any good person would do. ‘Do all attorneys safeguard n-Negroes, Atticus?’ ‘Of course they do, Scout.’ ‘Then why did Cecil state you safeguarded niggers? He made it sound like you were runnin’ a still. By stating ‘of course they do’, he is informing her to not even concern whether one should help another individual in problem, without any regard to whether they are black or white. His children start life ignoring the racial tension in Maycomb, but Atticus brings them up in a manner that ensures that as they end up being aware of it, they will not end up being prejudiced due to skin colour. By the method Scout states n-Negroes’, we see that she is attempting not to testify please Atticus, as she is finding out that it is incorrect to say racist names.