How does Atticus bring hope to the people of Maycomb by defending Tom Robinson? Every hero has a reason for being alive, one being to bring hope to people in times of difficulty. How does atticus...

How does Atticus bring hope to the people of Maycomb by defending Tom Robinson? 

Every hero has a reason for being alive, one being to bring hope to people in times of difficulty. How does atticus do this?

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Atticus is a well respected leader in the town of Maycomb. People look up to him:

Atticus Finch, Scout's widowed father, is a member of one of Maycomb County's oldest and most prominent families. Nevertheless, he refuses to use his background as an excuse to hold himself above others and instead is a model of tolerance and understanding.

He is a great role model for his children. Because he is so highly respected, his decision to represent Tom Robinson is a respected decision. The fact that Atticus is willing to represent Tom Robinson creates a sense that Tom Robinson is worth representing. People respect Atticus; therefore, they respect his decision to represent Tom Robinson. For some people, Atticus' decision to represent Tom Robinson causes others to see Tom in a different light. 

The people of the town of Maycomb know that Atticus would not represent Tom Robinson if he thought he was guilty. That is how much faith the people of Maycomb have in Atticus. If Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, then Tom must be worthy of representation. 

Atticus gives hope to the black community. He is willing to risk his reputation for a black man. Atticus is a savior to the black community. He defends Tom Robinson well. He proves that Tom is not guilty. Atticus does his part to give hope to a community that is still divided by racism. No doubt, Atticus changes the minds of many who would have condemned Tom based on the color of his skin. 

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