Atticus says, "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience".Explain this quote.

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In the absense of a direct question, I will assume you need help deciphering the quote given above. Many parts of society, especially in the US, are determined by majority rule. We vote and the person the majority choose wins the position. We are tried by a jury of our peers. The court's decision is based on the majority rule of the jury. In To Kill a Mockingbird, this is a particuarly important point. The majority of the people in the town believe that Tom Robinson is guilty before they even hear the facts of the case. Although Atticus can show that Tom is innocent, the majority ruling still convicts him. Atticus's quote "the one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" refers to the fact that dispite the majority of opinions, we might feel differently. We cannot change the majority's vote, but we can change how we respond to it. Atticus felt that arresting Tom was wrong. He stood up for him and defended him despite the town's discrimination. Even though Tom was still convicted, Atticus's conscience was clear because he knew he had done everything he could to help him.
adolfthebomb | Student

Don't bother with this Novel, its poor.

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