Atticus Finch and Parenting

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Peter Domenichella
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Atticus Finch and Parenting in To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch is a single father of two children, Jeremy Finch, also known as Jem Finch, and Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout Finch. Atticus raises his kids by trying to instill good qualities and virtues, such as justice and equality. He also worked to develop a respective conscience in Jem and Scout. Atticus has a very kind and loving relationship with his kids. The parenting style of Atticus can’t be criticized, because he’s a single father and a lawyer. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch has a good approach to parenting, a kind and loving relationship with his children, and his style of parenting can’t be criticized either.

Atticus’ approach to parenting focuses on instilling good qualities and virtues in his children. The virtues that Atticus is teaching his kids throughout the entire novel, are the virtues of justice and equality. He also tries to teach Jem and Scout to have strong respective consciences. Atticus told Scout, “You have to put yourself inside somebody’s skin and walk around in it before you can get to know them, and judge them.” There are some people who sometimes help Atticus, and those that help Atticus most with parenting are Calpurnia, the Finches housekeeper, and Miss Maudie their neighbor. They help when Atticus is in town

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Taking care of business or working on a case as he was throughout the novel, when he was defending Tom Robinson.
Although Atticus may be away from Scout and Jem for periods of time he still has a very strong relationship with them. He encourages Jem and Scout to call him by his first name, Atticus, so that he, Jem, and Scout can all interact on terms as equal as possible. Atticus has a very strong relationship with Jem and Scout, and he loves them very much as well. Atticus isn’t very hard or strict on Jem and Scout either. However Atticus...
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