This passage shows Atticus’s fairness because he always tries to put himself in other people’s shoes in order to give everyone a chance at being understood, as he teaches Jem and Scout to do.
He gave up his respectable reputation among many of the whites in Maycomb to defend Tom Robinson, and still speaks highly of the men who killed him.
This costs time and as a busy lawyer, time is very precious to Atticus.
Atticus Finch’s teaching also characterizes him as a good father because he teaches his children to be polite and treat everyone with fairness.
Along with Atticus’ teaching, his honesty also demonstrates how he is good father to Jem and Scout.
Atticus Finch’s honesty shows that he is a good father to Jem and Scout because he knows that he is going to lose the case, but still tries his hardest to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus says, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 76).Atticus’ teaching also shows that he is a good father because he reads with Scout every night.For example, after supper on the night after Scout’s first day of school, Atticus sat down with the paper and called, “Scout, ready to read? This shows that Atticus is a good father because he teaches Scout how to read at an early age and continues to help her practice by reading the newspaper with her every night.What was one Negro, more or less, among two hundred of ‘em?He wasn’t Tom to them, he was an escaping prisoner” (Lee 235).Atticus Finch’s teaching shows that he is a good father to Jem and Scout because he explains things that the children don’t understand.For example, when Atticus and Scout agree that they will go on reading every night, Atticus says, “I’m afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities. ” Atticus explains, “I never went to school, but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night, she’ll get after me, and I wouldn’t want her after me” (Lee 31).Atticus’ fairness also shows he is a good father because he believes that everyone deserves a chance to be understood and all have reasons for their actions.For example, after revealing the news to Jem and Scout of Tom’s death, he says, “Depends on how you look at it.When he says this, he is trying to make the children see that the men who killed Tom did not know him as a person, but as a Negro who committed a crime, so cannot be discriminated upon for doing their job.Along with Atticus’ sense of fairness, his Teaching also characterizes him as a good father to Jem and Scout.