An Interesting Approach to Parenting in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In the novel To Kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch takes an interesting approach(compared to other means in the era) to parenting his mischievous children, Jem and Scout Finch. Such methods include; never sheltering anything by always being honest, allowance of free will, and the lack of corporal punishment. Since these characters drive the plot, it is clear that the course of events is only possible with Atticus’s influence. In the 1930’s, and definitely still today, parents will fabricate the truth to their children. This is especially true if they are trying to explain philosophies or ideologies, like racism. Atticus Finch is not like these people. He never shelters Jem and Scout, and whenever they are puzzled about something, he answers it. This little interaction does little to nothing in contributing to the plot and characterization of the kids. However, when complicated and controversial questions arise on topics like race, class and religion, Atticus leaves nothing out. This does in fact contribute to the novel, and an example is shown on page 76, “[Atticus speaking to Scout] Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” This is an answer Atticus gives to Scout when she asks him why he is representing a man who is bound to lose. Obviously, it is that Tom is black, and a black man touching a white woman was in that era obscene, therefore a question of that nature could be prompted. Instead of
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