Parenting Essays On To Kill A Mockingbird

Parental Roles in to Kill a Mockingbird: Calpurnia Essay

609 WordsOct 10th, 20103 Pages

Every child must have a parental figure or figures. To most, biological parents usually play these roles. That’s why it is always a tragedy when a child looses a mother at such a young age as Jem and Scout did. However, even harder is being left a single father balancing both work, and parental duties. Luckily for Atticus, Calpurnia is around to pick up some of the slack. Without Calpurnia, Jem and Scout would not be nearly as well behaved as they gradually become. Atticus’s career would also take a dive, with no one to watch Scout and Jem while he works. Finally, Calpurnia also takes care of exposing Jem and Scout to new things, something every parent should gradually do for their child. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee,…show more content…

All children need gradual life experience, and Calpurnia makes sure Jem and Scout get it by taking them to her African – American church. Like any mother, Calpurnia makes sure Jem and Scout are dressed sharp and clean. She takes them to her church to open them to other cultures, and to let the, into her world just for a little bit. This could be interpreted as a way for her to get even closer to the children, and to let them into her world. It isn’t often that adults take other people’s children to church, so Calpurnia taking Jem and Scout to church with her indicates she has just as much authority over them as their mother once had. Calpurnia stays loyal to the Finch family, taking care of the children as though they were her own. She takes them to church with her. She teaches them manners. She even supports them and loves them as a mother would her own children. Jem and Scout are lucky to have such a suited substitute for the mother they never knew and to be taken care of in the loving way most of us are used to. Everyone deserves a parent. Calpurnia is Jem and Scout’s

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To Kill a Mockingbird: the Influences Parents Have on Their Children

935 WordsOct 16th, 19994 Pages

Throughout our lives we're influenced by many. It can have an effect on the way we view issues within societal boundaries. One of the major influences children have in their lives comes from their parents. The parents of a child can have both a positive and a negative influence on their lives. In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird", there are two excellent examples of how parents can be a major influence on their children. Atticus Finch, father of Jem and Scout Finch, plays the loving, kind and knowledgeable father. He is an example of how parents can have a positive influence on their children. Bob Ewell, father of Mayella Ewell, plays the drunken, abusive, and neglectful father. He is an example of how a parent can be a negative influence…show more content…

<br>Many important characteristics of one's personality can be passed down to their children. A child can learn to be courageous from examples that are set by the people that surround them. True courage is taught to Jem after Mrs. Dubose dies. Atticus reveals to Jem that he was using her as an example to teach him about true courage; "Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety five pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody"... "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know that you're licked before you begin, and you begin anyway" (Lee, pg.116). In saying this, Atticus teaches Jem that true courage is when you know that your chances of accomplishing somthing are very slim, but you try anyway. Atticus sets examples himself when he defends Tom Robinson even though he knows that he will not win. The children of Bob Ewell however are scared of him, and have no sense of what true courage is. In chapter 18 Mayella is called to the stand to testify. She is asked a series of questions, but fails to be courageous enough to tell the truth and stand up to her control ing father; "My paw's never touched a hair o' my head in my life"... "He never touched me" (Lee, pg. 186). This statement is clearly not true, but she feel's somewhat forced to lie because she is intimidated by her father. Since Bob Ewell

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