Atticus, Throughout to Kill a Mockingbird

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Atticus, throughout the novel

Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, although Atticus Finch appears to be a loving and caring father, he proves himself to be more of a friend through the eyes of his children. The author, Harper lee, created Atticus to be a loyal friend to Jem Finch and Scout Finch. Atticus has potential to be a friend to his children because, first of all, the children call him by his first name. Secondly, he seldom scolds his children. Atticus has little or no rules set for his children to abide by. Lastly he does not try to mold his off springs into something they are not, though he does supply them with good advice. Typically adults and parents think that it is more respectful for children, particularly their own, to not call them by their first names. Jem and Scout refer to their father as “Atticus.” Scout asks her father, “Are we poor, Atticus?” (pg. 21) this shows that she calls her father by his first name on a regular basis. Jem says to his father while requesting permission from him, “Atticus, if it’s alright with you….” (pg. 61). This shows that even the older son refers to his father as Atticus. “… Jem asked Atticus if he remembered anybody who ever won…”, as Scout narrates her story, she still refers to her father as “Atticus.” Throughout the story, Atticus never shows any sign of being offended or upset with his children calling him by his first name, like a friend. All through the novel, never once did Atticus scold his children for inappropriate behavior. The Finch’s had over a poor boy, named Walter. Scout insulted him with out understanding how it was rude,“…Atticus shook his head at me again. ‘But he’s gone and drowned his dinner with syrup…’”(p24). All Atticus did was shake his head; he left the rest of the punishing up to Calpurnia, the nanny. When Jem and Scout snuck into the court case that they knew they were not supposed to be in, Atticus did not show the slightest bit of...
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