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ca98 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2008 at 4:38 PM via web

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Tom Robinson Case

Scout asks her father, "Atticus are we going to win?" He replies, "No honey." If he's going to lose, why is Atticus going to take the case?

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roxychick | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM (Answer #2)

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he is going to take this case because he wants to show his kids and everyone else that everyone is the same it does not matter the color.

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randomwriter | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2008 at 12:30 PM (Answer #3)

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I believe that he takes the case because he couldn't live with himself if he did not. I think he says something like, "I couldn't even tell you or Scout what to do." in the book but I'm not sure.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 12, 2008 at 7:17 AM (Answer #4)

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Atticus Finch is a man of integrity who lives the principles in which he believes.  As a lawyer of integrity, Atticus believes that justice is blind and that everyone is entitled to good legal defense.  Therefore, regardless of the social mores of his time, he is going to defend Tom Robinson in the same manner that he would defend any white person.  If he does otherwise, Atticus would feel like a hypocrite.  How, then, could he expect his children to behave correctly?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM (Answer #5)

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Atticus surely does take Tom's case for all of the good reasons explained here, but I think there is another one in play. Atticus is a decent person. He has the ability to understand the pain other people feel. Atticus is both sympathetic and empathetic. This trait in his character shows when he tells his children to refrain from judging someone until they have "walked in his shoes."

Atticus knows Tom and Helen and their family. He also knows Maycomb. He knows what's coming for them. Atticus understands the pain and fear Tom and his family are feeling. He feels compassion for them.

In addition to loving and respecting the law, Atticus relates to Tom Robinson as a fellow human being. It is not by accident that Judge Taylor asks Atticus, whom he knows well, to take this particular case.

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hik4ru123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 7:06 AM (Answer #6)

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He does it to show his kids how their town really works. How not everyone is nice, and on the good side. How there isn't just good and bad, but there's an inbetween. When your a kid, your world is your backyard, through teenage years, it's usually your town. This is how Atticus is broadening the world to Jem and Scout.

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zara-aj | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 22, 2009 at 6:05 AM (Answer #7)

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I believe that he takes the case because he couldn't live with himself if he did not. I think he says something like, "I couldn't even tell you or Scout what to do." in the book but I'm not sure.

 

haha. he was actually talking to scout and said; " If i didnt, i couldnt hold my head up in town, i couldnt represent this county in legislature , i couldn;t even tell you or jem not to do something again." its in the beginnig of chapter 9. the 5th or 6th paragraph.

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zara-aj | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 22, 2009 at 6:11 AM (Answer #8)

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he does it for a number of reasons i believe. One of which has already been mentioned; that he believes everyone deserves a fair trial. But also because Atticus was forced to do it. This is revealed in he trial, when scout finds out.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 22, 2009 at 7:00 AM (Answer #9)

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The first and foremost reason for taking up the case is that Atticus considers it his duty. Secondly, Atticus believes that though, the racial prejudices will come in way of giving justice to Robinson, he will be able to create sufficient awareness among people about the reality of the case. This will help in overcoming the racial prejudices in the long run. Finally, he does have some hope that he nay win the case, at least on appeal.

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madi40459 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2011 at 4:20 AM (Answer #11)

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Tom Robinson Case

Scout asks her father, "Atticus are we going to win?" He replies, "No honey." If he's going to lose, why is Atticus going to take the case?

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andela | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM (Answer #12)

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How does the trail change the children?

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