To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

14) What qualities make Atticus a good father?

Although Atticus is an “old” father according to Scout, he dearly loves his children, Scout and Jem, and offers them a role model of integrity, wisdom, trust, and honesty. He lets them be children by giving them their freedom, but he also insists that they work hard and take care of each other. Atticus provides a good home and a strong caretaker in Calpurnia. He is a pillar of the community who is elected to the legislature every term unopposed. He values education and justice above all else, and he is open-hearted and open-minded.