Parental Influences in Scout’s Life
Who should a child look up to when growing up? In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator Scout is a young girl who goes through a series of obstacles in her life to choose whether or not she’s choosing the right path. As life throws obstacles at Scout, she manages to get through them by following suggestions from her parental influences Atticus, Miss Maudie, and Calpurnia. Although she may cause some problems and choses the wrong paths, her parental influences, puts Scout back on the track to choose right from wrong.
Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, provides a proper influence on Scout’s life by treating her equally, provides her with lots of love, and provides suggestions about her problems. In the novel, Atticus comes off as a laid back middle aged man full of wisdom. Being a widower and having the weight of Maycomb on his shoulders, Atticus manages to fight for Tom Robinson’s rights and keep his children safe and well behaved. The relationship between Atticus and Scout is very close; instead of Atticus treating Scout like a helpless little girl, Atticus treats Scout equal by letting her choose her own paths. Atticus is considered to be one of Scout’s parental influences because she looks up to Atticus for his wisdom and love. Whenever Scout gets into trouble, Atticus doesn’t just punish her, he sits her down and talks to Scout about what she has done wrong and how she can improve on her behavior. Atticus influences Scout to have a wide perspective about the world. For example, the following quote “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” “Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (Lee, 237) said by Scout proves that Atticus has succeeded in teaching Scout how to see life through another persons’ perspective.
Another influence on Scouts life in the novel is Miss Maudie. Miss Maudie isn’t just an average adult in Scout’s...
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