To Kill a Mocking Literary Response: Is Atticus a Good Parent?

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I do not agree with the statement and i think that Attticus is not "total failure as a parent". Although he is not the perfect role model parent, he is very responsible and easily gained the trust of Jem and Scout, something essential in every parent-child relationship. Also, even though he is a single parent, he tries his best to raise Jem and Scout to be moral and respectable people.

Atticus incorporated good moral values into Jem and Scout by acting as a good role model to them and strongly upholding justice and not taking favourites, even to his own children. He taught his children not to judge people by their skin color or race through his own words and actions, and not to be racist against the Negros. He also taught them to respect others and emphatise with them. Atticus accepted the case of Tom Robinson to show his children that we should always believe in justice and equality regardless of skin color and not let innocent people get punished and guilty people get away scot-free. When Jem cut the top of every camellia bush Mrs Dubose owned out of anger at Mrs Dubose for insulting Atticus, Mrs Dubose punished him by asking him to read to her after school and on Saturdays. Atticus used this experience to teach Jem to emphatise with Mrs Dubose as she is sick, old and about to die and just wanted to listen to a few nice stories before passing on. Atticus also focused on the principles of life and respects and emphatises others, whilst upholding fairness and justice, hence being a good parent and role model for Jem and Scout.

Atticus is also a very loving and caring father despite being a very busy man and having to face the burden and stress that comes with his job of being a lawyer. He cares about their education and tries to take as much time as possible out of his packed work schedule to teach them how to read. He also spends quality father-child bonding time with them by reading to them at night. He tried to protect them from the mob that tried to...
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