In To Kill A Mockingbird, how does Atticus Finch show integrity by defending Tom Robinson?

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and fair. Throughout the trial, Atticus displays integrity by fairly questioning each witness. Atticus does not try to insinuate events that did not happen and does not ridicule any of the witnesses. He treats each witness with respect even when they become confrontational towards him. Atticus does not try to hide anything and directly questions the various witnesses. When Tom Robinson takes the stand, Atticus initially questions Tom about his previous assault charge to prove to the jury that Tom has nothing to hide. Atticus is a morally upright individual who bravely defends Tom in front of a prejudiced jury. Atticus realizes that he has no chance of winning the case, yet continues to defend Tom to the best of his ability. In his closing remarks, Atticus begs the jury to look past their prejudiced beliefs and judge the case simply on the evidence presented. Atticus is honest with the witnesses, judge, and jury and display integrity by valiantly defending a black man in front of a prejudiced community. 

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