Kind and understanding, respected and wise, strict but fair. Atticus Finch is everything a father should be. A man that is strong and courageous, he is Jem and Scouts hero. He is their teacher, their proctor and their friend. He is very responsible and cares for them with all his heart. These are the things that make him an excellent and much loved father
Atticus’s relationship with Jem and Scout is both equal and respectful. The simple act of calling him by his first name of Atticus and not father, bring him to their level. He treats them like mature people not children, he respects them. This is demonstrated on page 239. Jem and Dill want to join Atticus and Calpurnia when they go to tell Mrs. Robinson about her son’s death. Atticus allows them to join them, having faith in their machority.When Scout asks Atticus why he is defending Tom Robinson, Atticus has a long and mature conversation with her about justice and raceisim. Atticus speaks to her like she is as old as he is. Atticus is not afraid to talk freely and openly with Scout.
Atticus teaches Scout and Jem manners and politeness at all times, he wants them to grow up and become respected citizens. Atticus wants Jem and Scout to also be respected by others and liked by all. ( ) When the children are playing the game Blue Radley, Atticus tells them he does not want them playing that game. Atticus tells Jem and Scout that he feels it is a rude way of making fun of a man who has done nothing wrong to society. When Jem and Scout invite Walter Cunningham Jr over to their house for lunch ( ) they make comments to Walter about how it is un natural for a boy to pour syrup over his meat and potatoes. Atticus corrects their judgment and manners; he explains to Jem and Scout that Walter is poverty stricken and does not have the opportunity to eat often. Atticus explains to Jem and Scout that when Walter is given the invite over to someone’s house for dinner he will naturally eat whatever he likes from the table no matter how strange it may seem to some..
One of Atticus main roles as a parent is to be a teacher to Jem and Scout. Although Jem and Scout go to school, Atticus still reads them the newspaper. He teaches them valuable life lessons that he feels they can’t learn from books or in class. On page ( ) Atticus tells Scout (you never really know a person until you climb in to their skin and walk around in it for a while) he is trying to teach Scout not to judge people to quickly and look at their problems from their perspective. Page (90) After Uncle Jack purchased air riffles for Jem and Scout, Atticus tells them a very important lesson. Atticus tells Jem and Scout they can feel free to shoot all the blue jays and crows that they want, because he feels they are noisy pests. Atticus tells Jem and Scout to never shoot a mocking bird because they are not pests but that they sing beautiful songs. This is to teach Jem and Scout not to judge or break a person’s spirit for no reason. On page (115) Atticus tells Jem that there are a lot of ugly things in this world and that he wishes that he could keep him away from all of them. What Atticus is referring to is that the world is a scary place and that Jem is bound to run into some dangerous situations and make mistakes, but he must take responsibility for his actions and become a man.
In Harper Lees – To Kill a Mocking bird, the success of a parent is judged based on how the children respond to adversity. Atticus Finch is a successful parent because his children overcome adversity and embrace diversity. This can be seen throughout the novel, presenting Atticus Finch to be everything a father should be.