Atticus Finch's Unshakable Morals In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To begin, the reader sees Atticus Finch’s unshakable morals in his fight against racial segregation in Maycomb. Firstly, even though Atticus is given an option to not take Tom Robinson’s case, he still takes it to help him. There are numerous reasons why Atticus Finch is Tom Robinson’s attorney, but, “the main one is, if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent the county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee 86). Atticus is stating that he could not live with himself if he did not help and defend an innocent man. This proves that Atticus has unshakable morals and is against racial segregation as he is fighting for a innocent black man who has been wrongfully convicted…show more content…
Secondly, Atticus knows that Maycomb is a racist town and that he will not win the trail but he still defends him to create change in the community. As Scout does not understand the racial segregation in Maycomb, she asks “Atticus, are we going to win it?’ ‘No, honey’ ‘then why-’ ‘simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 89). Even though they have a small chance of winning the trial, Atticus will take that chance because he wants to make a change which is removing racial boundaries. This proves Atticus has unshakable morals and is against racial segregation because Atticus does not want coloured people to be such poorly treated and is defending a coloured man to show this no matter what people say. Finally, Atticus knows that if he does not defend Tom Robinson no one else will and Maycomb will remain racially segregated. Atticus knows that “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in the courtroom, be he any colour of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box” (Lee 252). Atticus is stating that coloured people should at least have equality in the courtroom, but they do not as the jury is all anti-black
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