To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch Quotes

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Atticus takes a stand by standing up for Tom Robinson. He stands up for him when the mob tries to harm him. In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus goes to the jail to sit guard outside the night before Tom Robinson's trial, in the hope of stopping a lynch mob coming for him. At the end of chapter 15, Atticus and the children go to the office to guard Tom Robinson. Afterward, a group of anonymous men arrives at the scene to lynch the young African American man. Atticus stands by his position and discusses with the mob saying to each other, 'He in there, Mr. Finch?[mob asked]... He is.[Atticus answered]... You know what we want. Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.[mob hollered]...(my father's voice was still the same.) " …show more content…

Atticus is a bold man considering he knew the mob would eventually come and he had to be prepared to protect Tom Robinson from harm. In addition, he was willing to risk his life for a black man which was very peculiar during the time but dared to stand his ground and fight for justice. Also, Atticus did not mind what other people thought of him or cared less about his reputation being ruined or his family being put on the line for defending a black man indicating he had the perseverance to fight for righteousness. When Scout sees that her father is in danger, or given that he is surrounded by unfamiliar faces, she realizes one of the men is Mr.Cunningham. In an attempt to cool the tension, Scout tries to find common ground with Mr.Cunningham by saying, "Entailments are bad" (Lee 205). She thinks "she was advising him when she slowly awoke to the fact that she was addressing the entire aggregation" (Lee 205). Scout is surprised to see that "the men were all looking at her, some had their mouths half-open...Atticus's mouth, even, was half-open, an attitude he had once described as uncouth" (Lee 205).

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