Atticus Finch's Parenting Style Essay

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Atticus Finch and His Parenting Style “To Kill a Mockingbird”, an acclaimed novel by Harper Lee, is recognized throughout the world. The novel follows a lawyer and his children prior to and during a legal case to defend a black male. That lawyers name is Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is not just an ordinary father. He teaches his children things no parent of the 1930s, or even the modern time period, would think of doing. His style parenting, compared to modern day parenting and parenting in the 1930s, is unique and is not traditionally the way a parent wants to raise their child. The parenting styles of the 1930’s are very different then the style’s now, especially that of Atticus Finch, who raises his children in a very …show more content…
Nowadays, when a child gets in trouble they are either whipped by their parents or a treasured possession is taken away (World Book Online – Family and Consumer Sciences). Those are the common practices for punishment for modern day parents however those practices are not usually effective. Yes, the child punished may seem like they are “sorry” or that they regret their wrong doings, they never fully learn. On the other hand, Atticus approached his children like they were adults and, therefore, on an equal playing field with him. Referring back to the quote spoken by Atticus earlier in the paragraph, during that conversation he gave he reasoned with her just like he did with any adult, and she came to the conclusion that Miss Caroline had made a honest mistake. She realized that her rant about how Miss Caroline should have known about the children, and the families in the community, was completely unnecessary and wrong. Atticus Finch taught his children in a well thought out and distinct manor.
Since, Atticus Finch lived in the 1930’s, in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”, it would be safe to assume that he had the same parenting styles and practices as other parental figures in the 1930’s. Actually, that statement is false. Atticus taught Scout and Jem many life lessons. One of the most important lessons was equality. Back in the 1930s there was a lot of racism, mainly pertaining to the south. Atticus was on of the few people in Maycomb county that was not

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