Harper Lee 's Kill A Mockingbird Essay

1245 WordsDec 2, 20165 Pages
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the the role of family to demonstrate how parents influence their children through their actions in the community and their parenting of their children. Atticus is patient, and supports his children in their choices. Scout and Jem are lucky to have Atticus, as they will be exceptionally prepared for life. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Mr. Ewell, who demonstrates how inadequate he is with the way that he responds to adversity, as well as how he “parents,” his children. Being selfish rather than thinking of others, as well as not taking responsibility for your actions can lead to one’s downfall, whether in the local community or in life. When one chooses to be selfish and ignorant, it can lead to their downfall. Bob Ewell embodies this perfectly. Scout is attempting to explain to Mrs. Caroline why Burris is done with school for the year. “He’s one of the Ewells, ma’am,” and I wondered if this explanation would be as unsuccessful as my attempt. “Whole school’s full of ‘em. They come first day every year and then leave. The truant lady gets ’em here ‘cause she threatens ’em with the sheriff, but she’s give up tryin‘ to hold ’em. She reckons she’s carried out the law just gettin‘ their names on the roll and runnin’ ‘em here the first day.” A truant is a student that skips school without explanation. The Ewell children don’t need an explanation as their father couldn’t care less about their education or preparing them
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