It’s important to fight for what you believe in, you have a voice so people can hear what you have to say. In the book to Kill a Mockingbird there’s this character name Atticus Finch, he is a white man defending a colored man. This book was taken place in the 1930’s so there was a lot of segregation at that time. Furthermore, Atticus was getting so much hatred from the people is MAycomb, because he was defending a colored man. Even though he got all that hatred from his own community he didn’t stop defending Tom. He believed that Tom Robinson was innocent, so Atticus fought for what he believed in. At the trial the the jury decided that Tom was guilty, all the things Atticus said was true but not enough for the people in Maycomb. Mr.Finch
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Atticus honestly tried his best to win the case for Tom, but the town had already made their decision when they first heard of the case. It took incredible courage to defend a black man in the 1930s. He tells Scout “ Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” Atticus also displayed courage when he stood in front of the jail and protected Tom. He knew a mob of drunk countrymen would try to pull something and he was right.
Taking a Stand For Your Beliefs In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, we see many times throughout the book that taking a stand shows real courage. One of these moments is when Atticus Finch takes the Tom Robinson case, where a black man is falsely accused of raping a white woman. now in their time no matter how much evidence says that the black man is innocent he will still be convicted and sent to jail so what will be the point of having a trial right? Well, the black man's lawyer:
For example, when he tries to take the case of defending Tom Robinson, he causes major uproar to onlookers and his community even though he’s doing nothing but defending an innocent man. Such an example is when Mrs. Dubose expresses her dissent to Atticus by saying to Jem, “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for” (102). Even though Atticus thinks the same of everyone regardless of race, culture or gender, many of the people in Maycomb don’t notice that and instead target him for helping a black man who believes he should deserve a fair case. In addition to this, the scene where Mr. Ewell threatens Mr. Finch by spitting and shouting words at him after the case is another example of Atticus being targeted. Mr. Ewell, one of the witnesses of Tom’s case, didn’t like how Atticus was trying to point out his flaws in his cross-examination as that proves Tom Robinson, a black man with no place in society, is not guilty.
During the 1930s the south was still raging with racism, and the thought of a black man raping a white woman lead to no further investigation whether it was true or false, he was simply sentenced to death. Atticus Finch, Toms adept lawyer, believed Soulfly in equality and justice for all and was more than happy to defend Tom Robinson with all his heart no matter his race. The Finch family felt very different than the majority of people in Maycomb Alabama. When Tom Robinson has accused the entirety of the town flocked to the courthouse to view the trial. Some with hopes for justice and liberty but most unapologetically hoping for an unfair sentence.
“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children.
Atticus knew the consequences of supporting tom because of his skin and how bad segregation was in his town. He knew the community of Maycomb would dislike his actions and call him and his family names like “negro lover”. Scout asks Atticus why he was defending Tom he says“ The main one is if I didn’t I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again”(Lee 86). Atticus could not live to know that he did not serve justice in his county, and that even though he would be called names or looked at differently, Atticus would still be doing the right thing.
Atticus does a good job defending Tom Robinson because he wants to be a good example set for his kids. “If you had been on that Jury, son, and eleven other boys just like you, Tom would be a free man” (chp 23, pg 295). Here, Atticus is using logos, appealing to logic and reason. He is trying to show his kids the importance of tolerance. Had the jury been full of boys like Jem, who were tolerant, Robinson would be free.
Even when everybody was against Atticus he stood up for himself and did what he believed was right. There are many great characters in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, but Tom Robinson is definitely one of the greatest. Tom is a black man who lived a good life and never got into trouble until he got accused of raping a girl. It turns out he was innocent but was still tried guilty because he was black and the whole jury for the trial was white. However, Atticus Finch always knew the truth and always supported Tom and his family.
Atticus could not live with himself if he failed to give his utmost effort in clearing the accused, Tom Robinson’s, name. The lawyer feels that he has to do it. The people of Maycomb are small minded and hypocritical, Atticus Finch is not. Nothing can be done to make the towns people hear the truth. Tom Robinson, would be a free man, living with his family, if it wasn’t for the people of Maycomb.
Furthermore he defends a black man in court. At the time (and maybe still even now) Maycomb, Alabama, is from our perspective a really racist county, and in this culture it takes a lot of courage to go against the tide and not to judge a black man merely of his skin colour or origin, but instead to put his worries before ones own. Most people in Maycomb, who believe black Tom Robinson is innocent, also believe that there is no chance of winning the case and they lack the courage to risk getting a bad reputation with nothing to gain from it. Atticus is probably the only one whose moral views forbid him to look
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
He was appointed to defend a black man named Tom Robinson for raping Mayella Ewell. Most townsfolk caught news of this and instantly began to give Atticus dirty looks and began calling him vulgar names. Atticus, is a very nice person who wants to do the right thing, and he has an opinion about people who disagree with him defending Tom Robinson. “They’re certainly entitled to think they, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions.” (120).
I truly believe Atticus chose the right decision to stand by Tom Robinson and defend his innocence. Even though so many disagreed with the decision he didn’t let their opinions affect his own thoughts. He was very committed to racial equality and wasn’t afraid to show it. This shows that Atticus is a good person and won't let anybody take that characteristic of his