In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, explain where a character is faced with a difficult situation.Describe the situation with quotes. Explain what you learned about the character from the way he...

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, explain where a character is faced with a difficult situation.

Describe the situation with quotes. Explain what you learned about the character from the way he dealt with the difficult situation. Thank you. :)

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Atticus faces a difficult decision when he is must defend Tom Robinson at the jail on the night that the lynch mob arrives. Atticus has already heard that "there might be trouble," and when Sheriff Tate is called away, Atticus heads to the jail to spend the night with his client. When the mob arrives, Atticus faces them alone, knowing that he may be injured or even killed by the drunken men bent on killing Tom. When the children arrive, Atticus's worries only intensify, recognizing that they may be involved in what could become a deadly situation. Atticus orders the children away, but Jem refuses to leave, realizing that something is not quite right about the situation. In the end, it is Scout's innocent dialogue with Mr. Cunningham that sends the men on their way. But Atticus's bravery and his dedication to his client is evident. When one of the lynch mob revealed that Sheriff Tate had been sent on "a snipe hunt," Atticus calmly responds,

     "Well then... that changes things, doesn't it?"
     "It do," another deep voice said.
     "Do you really think so?"
     This was the second time I had heard Atticus ask that question in two days, and it meant somebody's man would get jumped.  (Chapter 15)

Scout was right. Atticus would have been jumped if the children had not intervened.

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