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A Father's Lesson To His Child: A Book Report Of Symbolizism Within To Kill A Mockingbird. Shows The Atticus's Relationship With His Children And Important Lessons

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A Father's Lessons to his ChildrenA Father is like a child's superman in the early years of age. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes you back to childhood in the South during the Great Depression. Our main character, Scout Finch, shares her story of growing up in Maycomb, Alabama where she is the youngest child out of two. She lived along her widowed father, her brother, Jem, and Calpurnia, the house cook. Scout is a tomboy that would beat up any boy in the school if he pushed the right buttons. Jem is a thoughtful child, who once enjoyed playing acting games, but then starts an interest with sports, which doesn't involve Scout. Atticus, Scout's Father, is a liberal and a lawyer, who ...view middle of the document...

Finely, Scout had heard the term "nigger" by Cecil Jacobs (74) and her Cousin Francis (85) and came to Atticus for an answer that ended in a explanation to not say "nigger" because it's "common" (75). Atticus didn't want Scout to talk like common people, because she is supposed to be a Lady and have proper grammar, and he didn't want her to be seen as a person of racism, like Cecil and Francis. Scout had learned to not use racial words like nigger, because she understood the wrongful intent of that grammar and the meanings of it. Atticus had helped Scout to learn to respect others by respecting their privacy and rights, not to make fun of people, and not using un-proper grammar that's racist.Jem and Scout learn to be mature because Atticus models and explains how to not be violent. To start, Jem had lost his trousers in the Radley yard and told Scout that he wasn't afraid that Atticus would beat him because, he "ain't ever whipped" them (56). Atticus never beat or whipped the children because he didn't want to be a model of violence, and found other ways to punish them. Jem knew this from the time he destroyed Mrs. Dubose's camellia bushes, and had to read to her everyday for a month. Another time, Scout had told Atticus that she had gotten into a past fight and Atticus commanded that she "try to use [her] head for a change" (76). Atticus didn't want Scout to fight because he wants her to learn to act like a girl and that she could get hurt. They also, both understood that she should learn to find a solution other then violence. Finally, when Scout and Jem asked Atticus to teach them how to shoot, he replied that he would not teach them and that "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (90). Atticus wanted the children to learn the difference between what is right, and what is wrong. Thus, they both learned that it is wrong to kill, especially the innocent. Jem and Scout learned from Atticus, to value life and to find other solutions to their problems and fights that doesn't included violence.Scout's elders teach her to respect others by understanding the differences in other people's lives and situations. To began, Scout had embarrassed Walter Cunningham during dinner one night that he came over for supper, which led to a lecture from Calpurnia, who explained that there are some folks "who don't eat" like them, and to not "contradict 'em at the table" (24). Calpurnia wanted Scout to not embarrass people that are less fortunate, like the Cunninghams, and not treat them like she's better then them. Scout also learned to understand that life is harder for some people, and that they can't help themselves sometimes. At another time, Scout told Atticus about her problems with her teacher on the first day of school, which Atticus responded to by advising that, "you...

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