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First say to yourself what you would be and then do what you have to do This quotation by Epictetus a great Stoic of his time describes Atticus Finchs reasoning during the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus the single father of two children Jean Louise Finch Scout and Jeremy Atticus Finch Jem is a strictly static character whose strong views and sound judgment shape his relationship with them The relationship between he and his children bases itself on the views of himself because he is the parent He shows these views in how he handles himself and how he interacts with people in the novel most of all his children Atticus causes his children to admire him thus making them want to follow his methods This philosophical basis of the relationship between Atticus and his children is one of stoicism At this point stoicism may be a foreign word It is a part of philosophy which is the love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline It is a way of reason of logical thought to come to logical conclusions There are many different ways of logical thought and one of them just happens to be stoicism Stoicism put simply is a way of living life A stoic would say the best life the happiest life is the virtuous life To shame oneself is the only fear of the stoic He lives his life with honor and keeps to his values no matter what others think usually causing those same people that thought wrong of him before to look up to the stoic in the end A stoic is not concerned with the faade his concern lies within oneself It only follows that after one has mastered oneself others will see that person as a role model This is what Atticus Finch is to Scout and Jem a role model he is someone they can look up to
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