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Atticus Persuasion In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the character Atticus is smart and wise and gives many pieces of advice to his children. One of the pieces of advice is “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 101). This applies to when Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson in court even though he knows that they won’t win. Although Tom is innocent, and there is no evidence that he is guilty, he is still proclaimed as guilty by the jury. In spite of his efforts being in vain, it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. Because of his character, and because of his beliefs about people, Atticus would defend Tom Robinson. It make sense for Atticus to defend Tom because of his good character and his belief that all people are equal. Atticus takes the case because he knows that it is the right thing to do and because he knows…show more content…
People did not like the fact that Atticus was defending a Negro and criticized them for it. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for’” (Lee 135). Because of the racism in Maycomb, and because Atticus was trying to defend Tom, people got angry at the Finch family. Atticus’s family was also in danger because of Bob Ewell. “Somehow, I could think of nothing but Mr. Bob Ewell saying he’d get Atticus if it took him the rest of his life” (Lee 358). When Jem and Scout were walking home from the Halloween festival, Bob snuck up on them and tried to hurt them. He managed to break Jem’s arm and squish Scout. However, during the struggle Boo Radley came to Scout and Jem’s rescue and might have stabbed Mr. Ewell. “He was going around the corner. He was carrying Jem” (Lee 352). Boo then picked up Jem and brought him to their house. In the end, the Finch family was fine, and even though they were put in danger, it was still good for Atticus to take the
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