A Time To Kill Questions and Answers
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Compare and contrast Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill with Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.

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Both Brigance and Atticus are progressive Southern lawyers in very conservative small towns. Jake lives in Clanton, Mississippi, and Atticus lives in Maycomb, Alabama. Both agree to take on cases that, because they are defending black men, set them at odds with many in the white community, and both suffer consequences. Atticus defends Tom Robinson against rape charges, and Jake Brigance defends Carl Lee Hailey on a murder indictment for shooting the men who raped his daughter. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, Atticus's daughter, suffers teasing from some of her peers, and both of his children children are attacked by Bob Ewell near the end of the book. In A Time To Kill, Klan members burn a cross in Jake's front yard, firebomb his house, and attack his secretary and her husband, leading to his death. Thus, both men are held up as examples of the ordeals good people sometimes have to go through in doing the right thing.

But there are also significant differences between the two characters....

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