Compare and contrast Mr. Tate’s mob and Mr. Cunningham’s mob in "To Kill a Mockingbird". How are they different and why?

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Mr. Tate's mob consists of well known men from the town. They have come to persuade Atticus to have Tom Robinson moved out of Maycomb jurisdiction. They also try to persuade Atticus into letting the case go. Their attempts to change Atticus's mind are threatening in a subtle way. They do not intend to kill Tom Robinson, but because of their prejudices, they do not really care what happens to him. The members of the mob are upstanding citizens of Maycomb; however, their actions prove otherwise. Mr. Cunningham’s mob has different intentions. They want to take Tom Robinson and hang him. They are not secretive about their actions. They let Atticus know exactly what they are after and threaten him.  The two mobs intend on getting rid of Tom Robinson. However, one mob is up front about their intentions while the other hides behind their hypocrisy.


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