Since we are born and during our gestation, we are influenced and taught by many. This influence can have an effect on the way we respond to our problems and the way we are with other people. One of the most important influences we have in our lives is the one our parents give us, whether or not it is a good one. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are two examples of the importance of our parents influence. Atticus Finch, the father of Jem Finch and Scout Finch, is a loving, caring and wise father. He is an example of how parents can have a positive influence on their children. Bob Ewell, the father of Mayella Ewell, is a drunk, unemployed and careless father. He is an example of how a parent can be a negative influence on their children.
Parents can influence how their children behave, feel and act every day of their live. If a child is brought up with hate, anger and even violence, they become violent people that hate everybody, that see the world in a negative way. However, if a child is brought up with caring and love, they can learn to see the world from positive points of view. Atticus raises his children with love and care, and teaches them to consider all the angles of a situation before judging. â€œYou never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of viewâ€, he said. He always tries to teach Jem and Scout on moral values. Bob Ewell, however, neglects his children leaving them out of love and care. He teaches his children to hate and be racist people. When he is cross-examined in the courtroom, and he is asked if he is the father of Mayella Ewell, he replies, â€œWell, if I ainâ€™t I canÂ´t do nothing about it now, her maâ€™s deadâ€. This is the example of how he does not display love for his children and their well-being.
Parents should provide their children with a sense of stability also, not only with love and care, but also with their basic needs.