Examples Of Atticus Closing Argumentative Essay To Kill A Mockingbird '

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Ezekiel Gaytan

Argumentative Essay

In the courtroom the defendant relies on the lawyer to defend him prove him not guilty. A well developed speech can change the views that people have and ultimately land a deadly blow on any thought of prejudice that the court has on the defendant.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary; the definition of prejudice is an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. In Atticus’ closing argument, the prejudice against Tom Robinson is that he is black, and that any crime that he commits thus must be true, “ the evil assumption - that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings…” (Lee).This affects the possibility of Atticus proving Robinson not guilty because of the prejudice that everyone in the courtroom has against him. The case is revolving around that Tom Robinson is accused of beating and raping Mayella Ewell, the counterargument that Atticus presents shows that Mayella was beaten with the left hand, but Tom Robinson is only capable of using his right hand because his left hand was caught in a cotton gin completely disabling it. Atticus incorporates the use of both logical and emotional appeals in his speech to convince the courtroom that Robinson is not a guilty man. Atticus shoots all the evidence he has at the courtroom and tells them, “In the name of God, do your duty,” (Lee). The emotional appeal used ----------. Atticus also enforces the use of logical appeals in his speech when he --------- . The techniques that Atticus used to prove Robinson not guilty were effective in convincing the courtroom to -----------
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The calm tone assists Atticus in reaching his purpose by ----. A well developed speech can
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