To Kill a Mockingbird

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Atticus Finch’s Parenting Style

There are many interesting types of parenting styles in Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Atticus Finch, one of the main characters is a very good parent with a unique parenting style. Atticus is a very good parent because he is a patient, understanding, and honest father. This allows him to have a very good relationship with his children, Jem and Scout. Atticus is not one of those fathers that become furious and yell at their children. In fact, he is a very patient man throughout the novel. Atticus shows his patience in chapter nine when Scout starts to use unacceptable language. Instead of yelling at Scout, he ignores her and quotes, “Bad language is a stage all children go through and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it” (Lee 87). Atticus knew that his daughter was trying to get the message across that she was learning these words from school. She needed an excuse to stop going to school. Instead, he wants Scout to learn that she needs to get a good education.

In addition to being patient with his children, Atticus has the ability to understand Jem and Scout as well. Atticus is very perceptive about his children. Atticus illustrates his understanding in chapter nine, when he is talking to Uncle Jack. “When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em” (87) says Atticus to his brother. He is trying to explain that children have the ability to know when you are trying to change the subject. They know you’re trying to hide something,, you don’t want them to know. It only makes the kids more suspicious.

Not only is Atticus a patient and understanding parent, he is also very honest with his children. During Tom Robinson’s trial, Scout is confused about everything that is going on. She begins to hear the word ‘rape’ a lot, and...
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