Atticus Fair Trial

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Would you defend a man for money, or for a greater cause? Others would say money, but in To Kill A Mockingbird, there was more to that for Mr. Finch. Atticus was wise to defend Tom Robinson because, he believes everyone deserves a fair trial, wants to demonstrate that you should stand up for what you believe in, and wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he didn’t defend him. Atticus wasn’t doing this because it was his job or for the money, he saw more than that in this case. He saw that maybe he could maybe show Maycomb a bit of light, that they don’t need to be discriminating men and women like Tom. By doing this, this would also demonstrate on what he believes in. And Atticus isn 't a man to be put down for his beliefs, but rather stands…show more content…
He wants Maycomb to know the truth about the case, before Tom is sent to prison or to his death,“‘Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told.’ Atticus’s voice was even. ‘And you know what the truth is,’”(Lee 147) . Atticus is saying that even though Tom might face a death sentence, that truth be told as it is. And Atticus knows that telling the truth, will help Tom’s side of the case in defense. Mr. Finch knew that at the beginning of the case that he had no chance at winning, but that wasn’t excuse for not trying to nor defend Tom. Atticus Believes that everyone deserves a fair chance of justice, “‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,’ Atticus said” (Lee 78). He knows that Racism is almost like a Culture in Maycomb, which doesn’t help Tom 's side of the case. But that doesn’t matter for Atticus, he believes in equality off and on the court. Ultimately, Atticus wants Tom to have a fair trial that shows the truth, and has been attempted by…show more content…
Others might disagree with this argument, saying that Atticus did this purely for the money and because it’s his job as a lawyer. But for Mr. Finch, this case meant more to him than just money and job wise. Yes, lawyers are known for their money and having big role in a court, “...Mr. Gilmer was doing his job, as Atticus was doing his” (Lee 174). Atticus knows though, that more will come out of this case, he knows something in this case will affect him personally, “‘Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one’s mine, I guess’” (Lee 78). Mr. Finch talks about how every lawyer will run into something in life that isn’t just another case or more hard cash, but a case that affects him as a character. Atticus also thinks it would be hard to live without dealing with this case, “Said Atticus, ‘but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience’”(Lee 108). Atticus discusses to Scout, that if this case isn’t taken on by himself, he wouldn’t be able to live with such guilty consciences. He knows that no one else in Maycomb will take this case, and knows that he will be loosing. But if he doesn’t at least attempt to show Maycomb Tom 's innocent, he wouldn’t be able to forget about the moment. Mr. Finch was wise to defend Tom Robinson, because he wants all of
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