Is Atticus a success or a failure in To Kill a Mockingbird? I need some information for both; for example, Atticus is a success because . . ., Atticus is also a failure because . . ., Overall, Atticus is a _______ because. . . . I also need quotes helping to prove each of the statements above. Thank you for your help!

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The other educator does a great job of providing you with quotes and details from the text that support the claim that Atticus is successful in achieving his goal.

If the goal of Atticus taking on Tom Robinson’s case was to show his children that the right choice is not always the easiest to endure, yet it is still important to choose wisely, then certainly he is successful.

If his goal—which is the goal of every lawyer—is to win in favor of his client, then Atticus is unsuccessful.

Besides receiving a guilty verdict against his client, Atticus is unable to protect Robinson from further pain and suffering, even after he is convicted of a crime he did not commit.

Robinson’s death while incarcerated indicates that Atticus failed. In chapter 24, when Atticus announces that Robinson has been killed, Calpurnia refers to his death as the “last straw.” Atticus replies:

What was one Negro, more or less, among two hundred of ‘em? He wasn’t Tom to them, he was an escaping prisoner


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