To become a good person and a good father was a tough goal which was achieved by very few people in that raciest society. Atticus was a man of principle, who always set example for his children; he was a man of courage who taught his children, the true meaning of courage and he was a man of peace who controlled every situation without being violent and taught moral values to his children. Atticus was a great man as well a great father who always stood for his children.
In the first place, Atticus was a man of principle who always set an example for his children. Atticus opposed racism because according to him all men are made equal and all should be respected by others and he explained Jem, "'In the country our courts are the great levelers, and in out courts all men are created equal; A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.'"(212).
This explains Jem that the decision is not in the hand of the court; it is in the hand of the people who run it. As long those people are under the influence of racism, the decision made in that court would be wrong and it is not a part of the Justice System. Atticus was an honorable person to whom justice always stood before his family. Then by mistake, Atticus thought that Jem killed Bob Ewell and wanted Jem to go to prison for committing the murder. He tried to tell Heck Tate, "'If this thing's hushed up it'll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I've tried to raise him. Sometimes I think I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got.