The Relationship Between Atticus And His Children

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“Talk about the relationship between Atticus and his children and how it is presented to the reader”
Controlled Assessment March 2014 “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel written by Harper Lee. It is set in America in the 1930s during the Great Depression, a time of economic decline after World War II. The novel follows a young girl called Scout Finch and her brother Jem as they learn about the prejudice and racism within their society of Maycomb County. The children and their widowed father, Atticus have a unique relationship that includes the teaching of valuable life lessons and unusual, maternal nurturing.

The relationship between Atticus and his children is of an unusual sort for the 1930s because he not only engages with them, which was unusual alone, but he shows love and affection, too. He does the parental duties that you would more expect from the twenty-first century rather than the 1930s which was a time when black maids would bring up your children. Fathers rarely interacted with their children as their role was only to provide for the family. However, Scout says that he “played” with them and “read” to them. He comforted her when she was distressed as she “crawled into his lap,” and he “rocked” her gently. They are fond of each other and seem to enjoy each other’s company. He also treats them with “courteous detachment,” which tells the reader that Atticus respects his children and that he has a balance of work/home life. He is also interested in his…
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