's Influence On Children In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Parent’s Influence on Children Children look up to their parents for examples and guidance as they grow up to be parents themselves. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a reader can learn a lot about how parents influence their children. In this book, Atticus showed the example of how to be a good parent while Bob Ewell showed the exact opposite. Calpurnia also fitted in the good influence category for she taught Jem and Scout how to be good children. Parents’ influences on children can either be good or bad, which depends on how they treat and teach their children. As a father to Jem and Scout, Atticus needed to show a good example for his children to follow. Scout was well-known for her fist fight even though she was a girl. Atticus told Scout to stop fighting and act like a mature, grown-up woman or else he would wring her out. Scout tried to resist her father but since Atticus was a well-respected man to both his peers and families, Scout followed his orders. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.” (76) A good father would teach his…show more content…
Readers can learn to follow the examples of the good parent and they can now avoid doing bad things to their own children. Atticus and Calpurnia had done their part as great parents and surely Jem and Scout would grow up to be good parents themselves. But for Bob Ewell, his children would probably grow up thinking that what their father did to them was a good act and they will follow his examples, thus making them bad parents and bad examples for their future children. A good parent will never let their children be astray from the right path and will always try to teach them the right ways and how to be good parents themselves in the
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