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In To Kill a Mockingbird, can someone paraphrase Atticus’ closing speech to the jury...

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tee14 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, can someone paraphrase Atticus’ closing speech to the jury in just a paragraph?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus essentially tells the jury that they have a duty to do their job fairly. He reminds them of the facts that his case has uncovered. He lets them know that it is obvious that guilt is reigning in the courtroom, but on the behalf of the plaintiff, and for various reasons. Mayella wanted to put the pain of her social sin behind her. He reminds them that the state hasn't done anything to prove Tom guilty. He points out the truth of Tom's capacity and character to do this. He challenges the court on the issue of race. He cites the Declaration of Independence and demonstrates that the courts are the one place in a society where a man should receive justice. He calls them to do their duty and make sure to make the right call regarding this man's life.

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