The first reason for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson is Atticus believes in intergrity. When Atticus is grist introduced in the novel ' To Kill A Mockingbird' Atticus is described as someone with intergrity. " Atticus the twin lawyer, tries to do what's best for his clients even if they don't listen to him." Atticus tries to have the best interest of others at heart. Many people In the town of Maycomb don't agree with Atticus and him taking on the case.
“He also is willing to stand up against the odds-he knows he’s ‘licked’ before he even begins” (Text 2). Atticus knows he will not be able to win this case even if Tom Robinson is innocent. Unfortunately the town and the jury are corrupt and will not give Tom a fair trial. Almost anyone can see that Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson to show compassion through the “Golden Rule” and set an example for his children.
However Abigail may hold a great deal of authority during the trials, she is not the only character who held authority and used in a bad way. Judge Danforth is another great example of authority leading to hubris in a characters personality. Danforth’s moral are good, however he still tends to make unlawful decisions based off of what the type character he wishes to build. For instance, Reverend Hale requested that Judge Danforth held off on John Proctors hanging because he felt that he was innocent and wanted more time to prove this. Danforth understands Hale’s reasoning, but persist that “there will be no postponement().
The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't. The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word against the Ewells, '" Atticus solemnly explains this to his brother. First of all, Atticus demonstrates courage when he undertakes the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. Atticus knows he won 't win the case and like Mrs. Dubose in her battle against morphine, he is "licked" before he begins. Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will.
He says that courage is perseverance even when you know you will not win, and Atticus shows us courage by defending Tom Robinson in a trial he knows he will most likely lose. "Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”. Atticus says this in his closing argument saying that the courts at this time are very much unequal and racist. To win this trial Atticus much convince the jury that they are wrong, but since the jury has been raised on hating black people this difficult task.
The picture showed racism because it compared black people to animals (V.). The townspeople of Maycomb abide by the laws. In Lee’s fictional town a black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell. He was found guilty. Another example of racism in the book is Calpurnia taking the kids to her church one weekend.
A hero may not be seen with a cape, but one who has the qualities such as persistence and justice seeking. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, to be considered a hero , the qualities of seeking justice and persistence are needed because these traits help with the well being of others in the world. Atticus Finch shows these qualities when he fights for Tom Robinson and passes his morals to his children. Furthermore, Martin Luther King Jr. highlights these qualities when he stands up for others despite the risks. Seeking justice is one of the most important qualities Atticus has, so he is considered a hero.
When chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, he must`decide to truly defend Robinson or not. Atticus’ choice to protect him shows immense integrity and dignity although it earns him cruel criticism from his neighbors and family. When Scout asks Atticus why he took the case, he replies that he would never be able to ask Jem and Scout to mind him again if he didn’t take the case. Atticus would have lost his dignity and respect for himself if he hadn’t attempted to save Tom Robinson from an unjust fate. One can only strive to attain such integrity and dignity as the character of Atticus
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
Tom was found guilty and was soon killed after going to jail, and that hit Jem very hard, he was very tore up about it. In the book Jem specifically says, “No sir, they oughta do away with juries. He wasn’t guilty in the first place and they said he was. ”(295) Jem constantly throughout the book claims that Tom is not guilty and wants it to change, and doesn’t know how to except that the jury said different and that’s how it has
The theme of this novel is "Not everything is the way you predict it is". I believe this thematic statement suits the story because throughout the book there are lots of surprises, and most situations don't go the way people predict they will. For example, Aunt Alexandra was first seen as mean, according to her attitude towards Scout. At the end of the book Aunt Alexandra hands Scout her overalls, as mentioned in the story, "the garments she most despised." Because she always wanted Scout to be a lady and wear dresses.
In the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" power is based on class, gender, and race. In the story Mayella Ewell is powerful because she planned everything that she wanted to happen and she had control over most of it. She also had some control on how she wanted it to go. If she did not have power, she would've maybe lost the case or people would not believe her. In the book, Mayella is describes as dirt poor.