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’ll arise in front of everyone and confront them even if he knows that the chance of winning is minor. The accusation of Tom Robinson’s rape was incorrect, however, it was a black’s voice against a white’s. Atticus went several times for Tom’s rescue despite the consequences, Atticus states “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seems that only children weep.” Atticus will try everything he can to protect the unfortunate man, Tom Robinson, but the whites are believed to have more privileges in the community. He believes in equality even though it might endanger him.
He shows compassion by taking on an impossible case and by acting friendly towards people that show hate to him. After the trial ended and Tom was found guilty, the black community of Maycomb brought food to Atticus ' doorstep and Calpurnia said: "they ‘preciate what you did." (Lee 213) Atticus tried his hardest to save Tom Robinson but the prejudices of the jury overpowered his argument. He showed compassion by putting the best case together that he could, even though the white community were shaming him for helping a person of color. Not only did Atticus show compassion towards friends, he also showed compassion to his enemy and their family.
If he hadn’t of defended him, he would have been going against his own morals and beliefs. A few days before the trial, in a conversation with Uncle Jack, his brother, Atticus was willing to defend Tom Robinson even knowing the effects it will have on him and his
The fact that Atticus is willing to risk his son possibly going to jail demonstrates the amount of courage and integrity Atticus has as a person since he wants to do what he believes to morally right. Atticus taking on the Tom Robinson trial and risking his reputation, protecting Tom Robinson from the mob, and revealing the truth about Bob Ewell are all evident ways that Atticus demonstrates courage in order to set an example for his children and the town. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus actions influence the town in positive ways and emphasizes the lessons he teaches his children through his actions. Ultimately, Atticus helps steer the town in the direction of having less intolerance and being more open
Strangely enough, Atticus was also able to see the good in Mayella Ewell, and it tore him apart having to destroy her testimony on the stand. In chapter eighteen Scout says, “Atticus hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so. He sat with his head down..”(Lee 252). When Atticus had to defend Tom he also had to show the jury that Mayella was speaking lies which made him upset to do so. He knew Mayella was a victim in the situation too and did not want to hurt her more than Bob Ewell already did.
“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. Atticus is an idealist and knows what is right and what is wrong.
All of the black people in the balcony are grateful that Atticus stood up for a black man and tried to defend Tom Robinson in his trial. Consequently, they decide to stand up as Atticus passes by to show their appreciation for him. They acknowledge that Atticus tried his best, and that the case was not just, but they know that times are difficult and unfair because of racism. They accept Atticus’ attempts, and standing up is their way of expressing their gratitude towards Atticus. The morning after the trial, Jem, Scout, and Atticus head into the dining room to eat breakfast.
Atticus had the courage to take the case although it was full of dislikes of the people of Maycomb. He also had to face the fear of endangering the lives of his two young children and family name. Atticus was not only courageous; but he was also righteous and he was incapable of turning his back on those in need. Atticus was courageous by overcoming all of the heartless comments of those around him, and he never showed his true fear to his