As a single parent he tries his best to fulfill his duties as a father to Gem and Scout by sharing his beliefs and values with them. Although he often doubts himself and thinks he is a complete failure as a parent, its actually the opposite. To be honest, he is more than a parent to Gem and Scout. Other than being a good father, Tactics plays a role as their teacher, their protector, and their friend. One of Attic’s roles as a father is being a teacher to Gem and Scout. He shares a unique relationship with them.
Most children call their father “father,” On the other hand, when it comes to Gem and Scout, it’s a different story. Rather than calling Tactics father, they call him by his first name, “Tactics. ” logically, this is all part of Tactics’ morals for Gem and Scout, Calling him by his first name builds up equality between them. It sets them on the same level as Tactics, Basically, if they are on the same level as he, they will acknowledge that he is expecting maturity from them. Tactics portrays himself as a role model for his children.
He teaches them about tolerance, Instead of telling his children to act a certain way, he disciplines them by setting examples for them from which they can learn. Many of those examples are expressed in the story; for instance the character Tom Robinson who has been accused of rape by a white woman. Although he is innocent of the crime, because of the fact that he is a black man, he is considered guilty. In addition, when it comes to the Tom Robinsons conflict, Tactics did not just jump to conclusions like the Others did by believing that Tom Robinson is guilty.
As a lawyer, after analyzing the conflict, he came to the conclusion that Torn Robinson is an innocent man, but he Will not be spared by the jury because of racism. Even though it did not look like Tactics’ intention from the beginning by handling this case, other than trying to free Tom Robinson from his accusation, he is also setting examples for his children about tolerance. In addition, he wants his children to be able to live a life in which they can accept anyone in life for who they are regardless of race or religion.
For instance, in chapter 9 Tactics’ made a statement regarding his children and racism, “Right. But do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what’s going to happen as well as do jack, and hope and pray can get Gem and scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Macomb usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.. L just hope that Gem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough. ” Compared to the parents in the town of Macomb, Tactics differs even it comes to parenthood. Unlike the other parents he does not limit his children. He accepts them for who they are; Scout, for instance, is a carefree tomboy who does whatever she wishes. Growing up during the time Of the Great Depression in early sass’s, girls were expected to dress a certain way.
They were not supposed to show much skin and were expected to wear dresses only. Little do these standards set by society exist in Scout’s world. Doing boys’ activities were Scout’s everyday life; nether less she fearless and even pick a fight With a boy. Scout’s characteristics would be completely absurd to those in the town of Macomb; which pretty much explains why Aunt Alexandra was not too fond with scout wearing pants other than a dress. Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire .
I could not possible hope to be a lady if wore breeches: when said I could do nothing in a dress, she said wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants, Aunt Alexandra vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add- A Pearl necklace she gave me when was born; furthermore, should be a ray of sunshine in my fathers lonely elite. Suggested that one could be a ray to sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunt said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that as born good but had grown progressively worse every year. In other words when it comes to Tactics’ it does not bother him at all and is very comfortable with the way scout portrays herself. On the contrary, although Tactics does not limit his children much, he still has a strict side. Letting his children explore and go on adventures day after day during the hot summer vacation with Dill is not much off burden to him. On the other hand, it did not please him at all when his children have the nerve to disturbed the Reader’s peace. Tactics is quite strict, but fair.
In closing, Tactics shows deep understanding of human nature towards Others regardless Of their Status. He is a man Of justice Who wants to keep the law together and do the right thing. He made several comments in the novel expressing his beliefs. For example, “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. ” Tactics shows these traits not just in special cases but in everyday life.