Describe Tom Robinson's character in "To Kill a Mockingbird"List 10 words to decribe Tom Robinson's character

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I would add:

Family-oriented:  very much in love with his wife and worked hard to provide for his family as best he could with his arm.

Gentleman:  Tom acts as a true southern gentleman would toward Mayella...he provides for her in a protective way since he knows her life is hard and she has no other help at hand.

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Here are ten words that I would use to describe Tom Robinson:

Noble: because he did not portray any bitterness about his situation on the stand and because he helped Mayella when he did not have to.

Compassionate: Because he felt sorry for Mayella despite his circumstances as a Negro in the south.

Persevering:  Because he had a job and a family despite the childhood injury to his arm.

Hardworking:  As described by his employer and evidenced by the fact that he did work for Mayella for no recompense.

Intimidated:  Because he ran from Ewell even though he had done nothing wrong.

Kind:  Again he was willing to help Mayella

Naive:  Because he did not see the risk he took in helping Mayella.

Honest:  Because he was truthful in his testimony and described as honest by those who knew him.

Brave: We do not see him break down in fear in his difficult circumstances.

Tragic:  He is found guilty of a crime he did not committ. Further it was his compassionate and kind nature that put him as risk for this accusation.  Finally he is killed out of hand by vigilantes before he can appeal the incorrect veridict.