TKAM Essay

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Destiny Eshe’ Stallworth September 26th, 2014 TKAM Essay Eighth Grade Sophia Mrs. Scullin Discuss Atticus’s parenting style. What is his relationship to his children like? How does he seek to instill conscience in them? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is the coming­of­age novel of a young Southern girl named Jean­Louise “Scout” Finch during the controversial yet fictitious Robinson vs.Ewell trial. The story is set in the early 1930s in Maycomb County, Alabama, with her older brother Jeremy “Jem” Finch and widowed father, Atticus. Atticus’ parenting style is quite unique because he treats his children like adults. He instills conscience in them by teaching them to “climb into other people’s skin and walk around in…show more content…
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view­‘ ‘Sir?’ ‘­until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’(30). By suggesting that Scout try to see things from another perspective, Atticus tries to instill in her a sense of empathy and understanding. For Atticus, putting one’s self in another’s shoes is the “right” way to live. Another time, Atticus talks to Jem, Scout, and Dill about the right way to live is when he explicitly tells him to “stop tormenting [Boo Radley]” (49). He says not to make fun of Boo Radley, and if they want to speak with him, they should do it in a civilized manner. Through his reprimand, Atticus tells the children it is wrong to pester and ridicule people, especially someone like Boo Radley who makes every attempt to stay out of the public view. Through his deeds, Atticus also instills a conscience in his children. Sometimes he discusses his deeds with his children, explicitly talking with them about the principles underlying them, but other times, he models quietly. Most of what Atticus explains to the children about his own behavior concerns the Tom Robinson case. Kids at school, townspeople, and even Francis, Jem and Scout’s cousin, say nasty things to Jem and Scout regarding Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Since so many in Maycomb seem opposed to what Atticus is doing, Scout is confused about whether

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