Examples Of Father Trials In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A Father’s Trials
While one of the main themes of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is understanding another human's perspective, it also happens to be a lesson that Atticus Finch, one of the main characters, teaches his children throughout the book. The story’s protagonist, Scout, is a young girl from Alabama whose father, Atticus, is asked to defend an African-American man who is charged with rape. The southern way of life during The Great Depression will not allow Tom Robinson a fair trial, and Scout and her brother Jem are forced to deal with a county’s ignorance and racist attitudes. Although Atticus Finch is consumed by one of the greatest challenges of his career, the lessons he teaches his children in the wake of this trial show his dedication as a good father. He continues to be honest and nonviolent, punishes the children when needed, and he stays nurturing to the both of them. Throughout the book, it is said a few times that Atticus has never hurt his children. Once, when Jem goes back to the Radley place to get his pants, and again when Uncle Jack mentions that Atticus has “never laid a hand on [Scout]” (116). ANother constant theme is of Atticus being open and honest with his children, and never trying to soften up a situation. One could argue that Scout realizes this, that it leads her to defend him despite not understanding what people are saying about her father, and that it is partly because of what her neighbor, Miss Maudie, tells her about Atticus. In
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