Parenting Styles in To Kill a Mockingbird
In today’s world, society sees children’s attitudes based on their parents teachings; the way a parent educates their children will have an effect on who they become later. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus, Bob Ewell, and Uncle Jack display different parenting skills that affect the children in their lives.
Although Atticus is an old, busy man who is not as energetic as a younger father would be, he still tries to be a part of his children’s lives as much as possible. When Jem and Scout have problems of their own, he is always there for them with open arms; he loves Jem and Scout with everything he has, and only wants the best for them. When Atticus gives them their air rifles, he says to Jem, “I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit [them], but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 90). This shows that Atticus does not want his children to harm their future by doing something reckless. Also, Atticus does not believe in hitting his children; he never does anything that will put his children in harm. Atticus makes Scout and Jem solve their problems by talking them out with whomever it may concern. While Scout is looking at the Radley’s, Atticus warns, “I’m too old to go chasing you off the Radley’s property. Besides it’s too dangerous. You might get shot. You know Mr. Nathan shoots at every shadows he sees, even shadow that leave size-four bare foot prints. You were lucky not to be killed” (Lee 242-243). Instead of punishing Scout and Jem for their previous actions, Atticus makes them reflect on their mistakes. Lastly, Atticus treats his children maturely and talks to them in a very respectable, logical way. In order for his children to learn, Atticus does not lecture them, instead, Atticus does what he thinks is right by setting an example of taking the role of Tom Robinson’s lawyer. It is thanks to...
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