There are many people in To Kill a Mockingbird that have significant influences of Scout and Jems actions. The two that stood out boldly to me, however, were Atticus and Calpurnia. Atticus, being the childrens father, tought his kids many moral lessons. Calpurnia acted as a mother to Jem and Scout. Throughout every chapter these two charactors were making connections that only parents can do. They both inflicted fundamental influence on the children. Atticus and Calpurnia were both essential charactors in supporting Jem and Scouts actions because they represented parental values needed for success in life; as does my father, who teaches me things no one else can.
Atticus was definitely a major role model for both his children because he was a well-mannered father. From the beginning of the novel until the end, his kids were trying to make him proud of them. 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 (Pg. 116) is just one of the non-violent, influential lessons he told his children. One of the many ideas he tries to make clear to Scout throughout the novel is to not judge people, which is the primary conflict in the story. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it (Pg. 34) is yet another example. Atticus is the key authority in the lives of his two children. He clearly recognizes their problems, gives them the advice they need, and lets his children handle their problems. He is distinctly there for them everytime they need him. Atticus is an unparelelled charactor in making major impacts upon Scout and Jem.
Calpurnia, although not as influential as Atticus, was more of an influence at the beginning of the novel. She loved Scout and Jem like her own children. Cal disciplined them like a mother, and loved them like a mother as well. By taking them to her church and telling Scout she could come to her house, she evidently crossed a barrier from housemaid to a friend or a guardian. Folks dont like to have somebody around knowin more than they do. It aggrevates em (Pg. 128) something she tells Scout about why she talks different around black friends than how she normally speaks. This is one of the many lessons Scout learned in the book. Calpurnia tought Scout, as well as Jem, many invaluable lessons. She inflicts so many basic, yet key things to Scout.
My dad is an influential figure in my life. Although all kids have famous role models, I believe that parents should also serve as role models. Many young
people choose sports stars and actors as their idols. Many kids have their parents as theirs. I have both. I choose my dad because he is easy to talk to, he doesnt yell and is very understanding. He always spends as much time with me as he can. Many adults get upset very easily. Some let their children do whatever they want. I believe that both are equally harmful. I consider my dad as in the middle of the two. Sure, he has his moments when hes aggrevated, but it doesnt get the best of him. He takes me to Auto Shows, sporting events, and many other father-son activities. As you can see, my dad, as well as my mom, play important roles in my life.
In conclusion, To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about symbols and figures. The Mockingbird can be named to a number of people throughout the entire novel. Many connections occurred from charactors with Scout and Jem. The two most noticable to me, though, were Atticus and Calpurnia. Atticus made impressions on his kids that would last them a lifetime. Calpurnia taught them things that were invaluable. Without Atticus and Calpurnia, Jem and Scout would not be the same. Together, these two charactors represented the way Scout and Jem were raised. Atticus was, infact, the key role model in both Scout and Jems lives. Even by the author of the book, she admired her fathers ways of teaching childhood lessons. Atticus and Cal were the two most prominent charactors in delivering the moral values and explinations to Scout, as well as
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