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In what chapter in To Kill a Mockingbird does Atticus agree to take Tom Robinson's case? 

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Posted June 8, 2013 at 6:21 AM via web

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In what chapter in To Kill a Mockingbird does Atticus agree to take Tom Robinson's case? 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader first learns of Atticus's having accepted the role of state-appointed defense attorney for Tom Robinson, who has been charged with allegedly raping Mayella Ewell, after Scout engages in a fight with Cecil Jacobs who accuses Atticus of being a "n***r lover."

Atticus explains to his daughter that he was court appointed to this task, adding,

"...every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally."

Later, Scout has a fight with her cousin Francis, who also accuses her father just as Cecil has done, Uncle Jack intervenes. Scout begs him not to tell Atticus, and he keeps the incident secret. However, he asks Atticus about having taken the case; Atticus says that he could not face his children without having done so because he does not want them to grow up with "Maycomb's usual disease."

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