Tom Robinson is depicted as an innocent, vulnerable individual who is in a dangerous situation after he is falsely accused of assaulting and raping Mayella Ewell. While Tom Robinson remains in the shadows for the majority of the novel, Atticus elaborates on his character in chapter 9 when he explains to Scout that he will be defending Robinson. Atticus reveals that Tom Robinson is a morally-upright, respected member of the black community by telling Scout,
He [Tom Robinson] lives in that little settlement beyond the town dump. He’s a member of Calpurnia’s church, and Cal knows his family well. She says they’re clean living folks. (Lee, 77)
Tom Robinson's mild-mannered, meek personality is depicted in chapter 15 when Atticus prevents a lynch mob from harming him. After the crowd disperses, Tom quietly asks,
Mr. Finch? . . . They gone? (Lee, 156)
In chapter 19 , Tom Robinson takes the witness stand, and his upright, benevolent personality is on display. When Atticus asks Tom if he was ever paid...
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