The Influence of a Role Model
Some parents are seemingly hard on their children, while others are a little bit easier. Both ways most parents look out for the best interest of the child no matter what the situation and try to protect them and teach them accordingly. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is portrayed as a good father, and idol and role model compared to Bob Ewell, Aunt Alexandra & Miss Stephanie Crawford.
Throughout the book Atticus has been portrayed as a good role model compared to Bob Ewell. Atticus was treated with respect all through Maycomb; thus he maintained a good reputation. All who knew him thought he should be treated highly. Judge Taylor thought that Scout should respect him too when saying: "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your fathers passing." (Page 214). Atticus was never violent. Even in tough situations where it would be easier to fight with your fist then your mind, he stayed calm. When he was approached at Maycomb jail by a group of white men,
including Mr. Cunningham, he acted with no violence. He also told his daughter, Scout, to be non-violent also when saying: " 'That'll do Scout' Atticus put his hand on my shoulder 'Don't kick folks." Lastly Atticus is portrayed as a very good father. His attitude towards his children is positive. He encouraged them to read and write and told them they had to go to school. He is shown as a good father when he tells Scout she must go to school: "In your case, the law remains rigid. So to school you must go." (Page 35)
Bob Ewell was disrespected in the society. Unlike Atticus, he was known to be low and harsh. He proved he didn't deserve any respect when he spit in Atticus face: "Mr. Ewell approached him, cursed him, spat on him and threatened to kill him." (Page 220). Also Bob Ewell is a violent man. Though not proven he was believed to beat up Mayella, his daughter, and the rest of his children. Atticus tried to get ...