The “Father”

Atticus Fischer the father of Scout and Jem, a humble local defense lawyer who tries to earn an honest living for his small family. The bread winner and the typical patriarchal figure depicted in many of these more traditional classic novels. Yet, does he really fill that role as completely as it seems. He brings money home and he teaches his children right from wrong, but is he leading down  a difficult path that they might not be able to traverse.

Living in a society were the color of your skin makes you a better person is very difficult for some one with a very fair personality. Some one who doesn’t see skin color or race all he sees is justice and need. Little by little introducing his young children to the real world. From his young daughters point of view he seems like a boring man who never does anything interesting or worth noticing, all she does hear form her fellow classmates are bad things about him representing an African American.

African American members of ILGWU Local 222 pi...

African American members of ILGWU Local 222 picket outside. (Photo credit: Kheel Center, Cornell University)

Now here’s were we reach  a barricade when it came to this book. It’s very well written and its easy to follow and understand, but within this book is the prevalent use of a derogatory term for people of the African American race. I’m shore you know what word I’m talking about. I don’t have to write it. If you don’t know read the book!! I found the use of the word in no way overly used or abused. It was not used just to cause controversy, or to be used as liberally as profanity and ugly words are used in the media today. I in no way condone the use of this kind of language, but I don’t deny the fact that I use profanity,  I believe there’s a level of respect you should have for your fellow human beings, no matter what race or nationality they are. In this sense the use of the word, in this story, is more artistic than offensive.

The young impressionable girl learns some truths about her father she never knew. She sees his struggle to maintain normalcy within his family and teach them that what every one else is doing is not always right and you should stand up for what you believe in. He is an example of an intelligent gentleman who knows how to shoot a shot gun and stand behind his beliefs even confronted with his own racist neighbors.

I appreciate his strong character and the image that his children grow to have of him as they mature and they get  a better understanding. It reflects what we learn as we grow up to understand our own parents. The reasons behind the things they do and the decisions they make. We never really understand them until we’re older and we look at things trough a slightly different perspective.


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