Family Values and Morals in Tkam

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Whatever happened to family values? Good old fashioned honesty, respect, caring and commitment? Today, nearly half of the families in Australia have been shattered by divorce, children are home alone while single parents work, crime is commonplace and truth is relative. Has today’s society allowed us to dictate our values and standards in our own home? In To Kill a Mockingbird, family is destiny. To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends a black man accused of raping and beating a white woman but even through this hard time still has the ability to see past the ill in people and teaches his children the same qualities. The novel explores the moral nature of human beings and demonstrates how families have a strong influence on the development of a person’s character. A recent study from Psychology Today has shown that in the last decade people put much more emphasis on family values compared to today. It seems Atticus Finch had a different parenting style than those of this era. Atticus is certainly the most exemplary father. As a widower in the 1930s, he could have sent his children off to a distant relative, but instead was absolutely devoted to them. Atticus is a great role model to his children as he acts of his own words. They look up to him not only as a father, but a teacher and friend. He is kind, protective and incredibly patient with Jem and Scout. Atticus was firm but fair and always looking for an opportunity to expand his children’s empathy, to impart a bit of wisdom and help them become good people – which he did undoubtedly. Atticus is affectionate with his children; available to spend time reading and there ready for a hug when they need comfort; something many parents in today’s society don’t have time for or can’t be bothered with. Research from the Scottish Widows Priorities of Life index reveals that for many families, spending quality time with their children isn’t at the top of their priorities list. Busy...
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