Theme Of Atticus Relationship In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus, a responsible parent, lives with his family backdrop of the novel reflects this theme, Atticus is used as a vehicle to reflect Lee’s own views: the need to be fair, just and to understand others, which he says won’t happen “until in it.” Atticus tries to teach these views to his children, not in an overly didactic way but allowing them to make their own decisions and learn from mistakes. He is Lee uses the Scout’s journey from childhood naivety to an appreciation of the need to understand and consider other people Caroline in contrast to Atticus, the later in the text. This reinforces Lee’s theme of Scout learns the importance of understanding others from Atticus. The children first cast Boo as a monster, with ” hands and eyes…show more content…
Atticus is also a great role model. He shows the importance of a conscience, “If I didn't, I couldn't hold up my head in town." He is also presented with a great amount of humility. When he is given the gifts from the black community, "Atticus' eyes filled with tears. He did not speak for a moment.” The characteristic of humility is an important thing to have as a parent and as a role model. Nevertheless, Atticus does present himself overall as a highly moral parent. Lee uses him as a vehicle to present her ‘mockingbird’ metaphor with the message that we need to protect innocence and those vulnerable. Both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are likened to mockingbirds, with Tom’s death described as, “the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children.” The extended metaphor across the book allows both the reader and Scout to learn the need for equality and reveals the consequences of prejudice and racism. . This is reinforced by his bird- like surname, ‘Finch’. However, this is a great attitude to have and therefore makes him a great role model to his children and thus a fantastic

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