Atticus Bad Parent

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Sop People are not what they seem to be, a saying that is often taken too lightly. In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird the theme of this has a strong presents. From different characters such as Atticus Finch being seen as a bad parent, Boo Radley being the mysterious neighbor, to Mrs. Dubose terrifying first impression. Atticus Finch was criticized for being a bad parent. At the start of text, Atticus is perceived as an un-fit parent and having a bad influence on his children, Jem and Scout, because of his ways of living. Atticus took it up to himself to teach the children how to read, to who later the responder find that one of the children’s teachers are extremely displeased with. Atticus, being a lawyer, was one of the few lawyers…show more content…
Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction. In one chapter, Jem breaks Mrs. Dubose’s camellia plan and his punishment was to read at her house for a month or two for an hour a day. Jem hated every minute of this, but taught him some good lessons. The responders get a sense of this woman “hating everything and everyone” when the character is introduced, again, as with Boo and Atticus, we see that there is much doubt and misjudgement to her. Atticus considers her one of the bravest people he knows and he wanted Jem to see that about her. The composer has written it in a way that the responder has automatic dislike for the character, but still knows she’s a good person. In conclusion, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many elements of misjudgement, false facades, and bad first impressions and can relate strongly back to the theme of people aren’t what they seem to be. The saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a good example of the ideology of this book, to give people a first impression, then only to have the responders understanding of that person let down because of the learnt development of that character In the
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