Atticus Finch Trial Analysis

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In the interesting novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is the most important character at the trial because of his display of intelligence in the trial, his cleverness towards Mayella, and his honesty when he gave his closing statement. To begin, Atticus’s display of intelligence in the trial made the jury question whether Tom is guilty or not. It was the day of the trial for the Tom Robinson case, He was being accused of rape against Mayella Ewell. During the trial Mr. Heck Tate was called up to the stand. Atticus displayed his intelligence when Tate was up there by saying, “Was it her left facing you or her left looking the same way you were?”(Lee 225). This was a big turning point in the trial because Tate said it was…show more content…
His cleverness ways helped him throughout the whole trial. Finally, Atticus's honesty in his closing statement proved to his audience that he tried his hardest. The trial was almost over. Everyone was done being questioned, and it was time for Atticus’s closing statement. He showed his honesty during the statement when he said, “... and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women---black or white”(Lee 273). At the time of the trial segregation was huge, the Negroes were upstairs and the whites were on the first floor. He said this in front of a racist crowd of white Maycomb folks. What he said was basically that both white and black men break the law. And in this case it was the white man who did it. But lied and blamed it on a Negro. His honesty makes him important because he said this to get to the point that just because Tom was black, Bob is he one who did it. That just because Bob was white he was part of the men who could not trusted around women. To end, Atticus’s display of intelligence, cleverness ways of interrogating, and honesty in his closing statement, made him the most important character at the
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