Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will. Atticus 's strong sense of morality and justice motivates him to defend Tom with vigor and determination, giving it all he 's got with one mission in mind. He wants the people of Maycomb town, whether they believe it or
This pushback is shown by multiple instances in which Jem and Scout are made fun of for their father is a “n****r lover”. Secondly, Atticus knows he is going to lose the case for he knows that the moral character of Maycomb is not high enough to be able to see true innocence on account of evidence. This realization did not deter him, for he believed that “the one place a man should get a square deal is in a courtroom” (295). Thus he delivered on behalf of his morals and completed the case. This again shows moral courage, for Atticus knew that he if he forfeited his defense of Tom Robinson the ridicule would stop.
Heck Tate, tried to appear as neutral as possible in this trial. This scene shows that they tried to do the right thing even though they knew it was unfeasible. Lee indirectly shows the response of other characters even though the characters were not present at the time. This indirect characterization also happens later, as Atticus talks about the jury during the trial. Even though all the adults knew the outcome of the trial “there was one fellow who took considerable wearing down- [...] the Cunninghams?’[...] ‘One minute they’re tryin’ to kill him and the next they’re tryin’ to turn him loose” (222).
When defending a black man in court, Atticus says, “You know the truth, 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. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” (273). This public defense of minorities is not a seldom action for Atticus. He takes his community members and even his own family mistreating him for defending a black man on nearly a daily basis, but still does it. Due to the fact he is a modern hero, all modern heroes should exhibit this.
Atticus allows his kids to watch the trial of Tom Robinson. For example, “Tell you what, you all can come back when you’ve eaten your supper-eat slowly, now, you won’t miss anything important--ant if the jury’s still out, you can wait with us” (Lee p. 277). Atticus permits his kids go wherever they want and whenever they want. For instance, “Yes, said our father, when Jem asked him if we could go over and sit by Miss Rachel’s fishpool with Dill, as it was last night in Maycomb” (Lee p. 67). Scout does not usually get in trouble with her father.
As the court case is coming up and going on the racism gets out of control. Atticus knows that the town will hate him for defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. But Atticus simply doesn 't care, he will defend any person of any skin color because that 's the kind of person he is. Atticus is a man of high values and loves everyone equally. To back him up, take this quote for example.
Lastly, Atticus Finch and Jem Finch value honesty throughout the story. Atticus shows honesty when he blatantly tells Scout the definition of rape. Jem displays honesty when he tells Atticus that Dill ran away from home, and was hiding in their house. Atticus Finch has a main goal of spreading important values to all people, but most importantly his children. When Scout asks Atticus why he is defending Tom Robinson, he makes sure to tell her honestly, revealing his inner motives and values.
There are jurors who can make a decision who is right or not. The jurors are the reflection of the society who comes from them. Atticus states: “I am not idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system. That is no ideal to me; it is a living, working reality… Gentlemen, A court is only as sound as its jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.” As Atticus knows that white community has some prejudges about black people, he assumes the jurors will find Tom Robinson guilty and Atticus loses. The important detail is in the jury that all the jurors are white people except for black people.
Atticus thinks that the kids should not mess with Boo because his property is his property, and the children would not want someone “playing tricks” in their yard, and treating them differently than anyone else. Jem and Scout state that “they want to keep it that way” (Lee, 57) meaning they do not want Atticus to punish them for what they did. If they act the way they should, then Atticus would not have to punish them. Atticus is a good father that teaches his children to treat everyone equal. Lastly, Atticus Finch is a good father to both Scout and Jem for many reasons.