Tactics Pinch, a lawyer and devoted father, is an intelligent man whose wisdom, consistency, and ability to see past the ill in people prove him to be a respectable and exemplary father. He teaches his children and the people of Macomb how to stand up for one’s belief in the face of prejudice and ignorance even when faced with the possibility of being looked down upon and scorned.
His personality and character is retained throughout the entire book, making him an ideal moral guide and voice Of conscience. In her novel TO Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the character of Tactics Finch to convey her feelings and Houghton about race, morals, and society as a mass. In the difficult times Of sass Alabama, the county of Macomb is a society divided by prejudice, where racial discrimination and injustice is common.
In spite of these complexities, Tactics Finch is a determined father who aims to nurture his children free of narrow- minded influences of Macomb, but instead with the non-judgmental and tolerant concepts which he so strongly has faith in, He instill in his children his strong sense of morality and justice, aspiring for them to mature with good ethics and beliefs. As a parent, Tactics proves to divert from the Macomb society, The general community disregard the proposals of children and considers their thoughts irrelevant. However, Tactics contradicts this principle in the way that he raises Gem and Scout.
Tactics portrays the not-so-replica father, yet as he expresses his beliefs and imparts his wisdom to his two children it becomes clear that his parenting skills are exemplary. In three simple methods does Tactics bring up Gem and Scout with good morals: though education, ideal examples and communication. Tactics plays a significant role in the education of Scout and Gem. However, the manner in which he does this is unlike any typical father – through experiences and meaningful encounters, Tactics tutors Gem and Scout to understand and consider the concealed aspects Of the Macomb community.
The life lessons which he communicates to his children are exceptional teachings which cannot be found in books or schools, and are important factors Of their development and understanding: “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 His lessons of tolerance and open-mindedness have vital effects on he maturing of Scout and Gem, and their learning and understanding can be observed through the progression of the book.
As the two children develop during the book, the reader begins to see the impact of Tactics’ advice as they begin to grow in his image. Such as observed in the early chapters when Walter Cunningham is invited to the Finch’s tort lunch, Scout immediately judges Waller as lower-class, and sees it as a “wonderment” that he and Tactics can converse “together like two men” (26). Once again, in narrow-mindedness, Scout has little acceptance and lenience for his style of eating, and protests to his gravy-soaked inner.
While initially not understanding the different way of life Walter experiences, Tactics soon educates her to comprehend the struggles and difficulties which the Cunningham must endure. Following this incident, Scout perceives the Cunningham as ‘fine folks’ to the extent Where she aspired to befriend Walter and invite him over. This impression offend folks’ differentiates from the remainder Of the Macomb society, who believe the ideal persona is based on wealth and family connections.
Scouts classification of “fine folks” is a belief she holds strongly, and defends stubbornly when contradicted by Aunt Alexandra in chapter 23. It is in this way that we can observe Attic’s exemplary teachings and beliefs Of tolerance being passed on to Scout. Tactics again teaches an important lesson of courage and seeing beyond the obvious to his children through the illness of Mrs.. Dubos- 8’/ forcing Gem to read to her, Gem was able to learn to respect Mrs.. Dubos and understand that despite her faults, she possessed many strengths and good qualities.
Behind Mrs. Double’s rudeness, cruelty and scowling comments laid true courage, By distancing herself to the world and all the things she once loved before her expected death she ad exemplified true strength. Tactics intended for Gem to comprehend this and observe how strength and courage doesn’t come from a “man with a gun in his hand,” (124). Attic’s message is conveyed successfully, as Gem is “fingering the wide petals” of the flower from Mrs.. Double’s garden, which indicates a level of respect, understanding and consideration which he initially didn’t have.
Tactics also teaches a strong lesson in tolerance and indiscrimination. Ay instructing his children to consider the actions of someone in their shoes, Gem and Scout learn not to judge or presume something without reason. Attic’s lessons in royalty and ethics are put into action at the trial of Tom Robinson: “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women- black Or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (226).
Attic’s closing Statement to the court presents to Scout and Jeer the notion that racial discrimination is wrong; that the color of a man’s skin has no effect on their personality or character; that justice is not done if a black man is convicted because he is black, and a white man walks free because he is white. Tactics furthers his exemplary raising of Scout and Gem by presenting himself as a role model with ideal beliefs and views. One of the ways in which he does this is in the means that he rejects insincerity, but instead practices what he preaches: “Tactics is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (51).
In a time period and a town that endorses hypocrisy, Tactics stands for truth, and teaches others by his example that it is possible tort them to do the same. With typical Macomb influences – such as Aunt Alexandra – surrounding Gem and Scout, Attic’s constant genuineness in public_ and private presents an essential example if honesty for his children to follow, Once again, Tactics provides an exemplary example of humbleness in the modest manner of which he shot the stray dog, Despite having a commendable shooting talent, Tactics chose to keep this hidden, and was not eager to call attention to it.
While Scout does not understand why, Attic’s line of reasoning is clear to Gem, who now aspires to be a humble and modest “gentleman” such as his father. Tactics educates his children in standing up for what they believe in, and influences Gem and Scout to mature with a strong sense of justice and equality. By accepting Tom Robinsons ease, Tactics provides a clear example of standing up for one’s beliefs ? a model which his children can observe and follow. As Tactics was a firm believer in justice and equality for all men, he rightfully provided Tom Robinson With a chance of a fair trial.
He believed that Tom was innocent, but was simply on trial as it was a White man’s word versus a black man’s. Tactics therefore decided to defend Tom to his full potential. “If I didn’t couldn’t hold my head up in town couldn’t even ask you or Gem not to do something again. ‘ Knowing he could not be an honest example of defending one’s values had he not do it himself, Tactics accepts the case of Torn Robinson to demonstrate the importance of supporting one’s beliefs, presenting to his children the notions of integrity and resistance.
Tactics role models his sense and beliefs of bravery in the fact that he refuses to carry a gun on two occasions: one, at the jail cell of Tom Robinson, and two, following the threats of Bob Lowell. Standing by his definition to bravery – how it is not a man with a gun in his hand – Tactics provides a unique and extraordinary example of courage and supporting what one believes in.
As observed later in the book, Scout and Gem are able to reflect on this demonstration of bravery and exhibit this quality themselves: Gem, showing heroism and detente of his values when facing the showdown at the jailhouse, and Scout, while still managing to stand up for her morals, displays true courage in declining to fight with other students at school, especially when they antagonize her, Tactics aims to act as a role model and provide the best examples for his children to follow: “Before Gem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him. Tactics recognizes his importance as a father figure in his children’s lives, and ensures that he behaves in such a manner in Which his children can fleet and base themselves upon. Attics final manner of exemplary parenting is through communication and strong relationships. We are able to gain a lot Of insight into his character and wisdom through his dialogue with his children. Since Tactics possesses a strong and trusting relationship with Gem and Scout, his words beckoner valuable to them. Therefore, the statement of his beliefs is a highly effective way of communicating with the children.
During a difficult time in Macomb, only augmented by the trial of Tom Robinson, Tactics chooses not to shelter his children from the reality of their situation, but instead describes to Gem and Scout the causes and explanations behind all that is occurring. Tactics is upfront and honest with his children, even in difficult and challenging situations. As a father and an attorney, he lives why honesty and he knows how important it is to tell the truth. This is shown in a conversation that Tactics has with his brother, Jack, in which Tactics states, “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake” (37).
Tactics respects the thoughts and ideas of children, and therefore treats them as equals. The simple act of calling their father ‘Tactics’ ether than ‘Dad’ is only a small, yet significant point, as it shows the equality between father and chill This sense of equivalency is significant in that the openness and honesty of their communication is very much based upon the corresponding levels of equality between Tactics and his children Attic’s understanding of the importance of honesty is evident when he converses with Gem and Scout.
As Tactics understands the curiosity of children, he is willing to explain and answer whatever questions they may ask. “Children are children, but they can spot evasion faster than adults. ” (97), While he comprehends the intelligence and knowledge of children, Tactics also respects the fact that they are still Of a young age, and that a full and detailed definition is not always necessary. For example, when Scout questions the meaning of rape, Tactics straightforwardly replies that it is the “carnal knowledge Of a female by force and without consent. However, he ensures that it is an appropriate answer to give her given her age, as it doesn’t fully explain the violence of such an act, but satisfies Scout’s curiosity. Tactics does not shield the children from tragic events as he knows that to do so would not help them mature, and would only diminish heir honesty-based bond, He is genuine and upfront with Gem and Scout to a respectable level; consenting them to hear and do certain things, but only to adequate and age-appropriate detail.
However, while Tactics allows his children to experience a bond to equality, he also maintains his respected and admired parental control. Rather than strict and harsh discipline, he aims to lead Gem and Scout through discussion so that they may learn their error of their ways and gain experience from it accordingly, It is in this way we can observe Attic’s distinctive and exceptional style of fatherhood. The success of any father can be observed and measured in many ways, but can most easily be recognized by the attitudes and actions of his children.
Tactics is an exemplary parent, and has raised his two children to be understanding and earnest, providing them with life changing experiences and meaningful lessons. Throughout the novel Scout and Gem consistently display the tolerance and respect that Tactics has instilled in them. They are curious, intelligent and polite, but most importantly of all, are broad-minded, indiscrimination people. In a time Of rumor, prejudice and bigotry, Attic’s exemplary parenting skills eave proved strong, and consequently, Gem and Scout have developed into sincere, unbiased citizens of Macron.