Influence of Fathers on Daughters

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The Influence of Fathers on Daughters Relationships and character interaction dictate the kind of personality and character that is developed over time. Specifically, the relationship between a parental figure and a child plays an integral role in character growth. The contrasting relationships between the fathers and daughters in Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird shape the behavior of the daughters, and ultimately, the outcome of the story. Even though each of Capulet and Atticus wants the best for his daughter, the differences between the ways they treat their daughters is clearly presented in each story. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet’s father is a controlling, brutal and selfish person. Despite his concern about her happiness, he forces her to agree to the important decisions he makes for her, without considering her opinion. For example, when Juliet refuses Capulet’s decision for her to marry Paris, he responds very cruelly. He starts talking to her in a very harsh way, calling her names like “disobedient wretch,” “baggage,” and “hilding” (lll, v, 160-169). He also mentions that he feels like hitting her. Then, he threatens her that if she does not do what he tells her to do, he will disown her and not let her live in his house ever again (lll, v, 193-196). This proves how selfish Capulet is because he is not really thinking about her happiness as much as he is thinking about winning a wealthy, noble person of high social class to his side. In contrast, Scout’s father in To Kill a Mockingbird is a completely different character. He is a very calm and rational person. Even though he sometimes lets Scout do what she wants to do, he tends to control her by explaining and compromising with her. For example, Atticus does not mind Scout going around in overalls as long as she feels more comfortable with them. This shows how Atticus lets Scout do what she
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