Project help?We have read To Kill a Mockingbird in my 10th grade english class and now have a project to do with it. My topic is to describe the "lawyers tricks" that Atticus Finch uses throughout...

Project help?

We have read To Kill a Mockingbird in my 10th grade english class and now have a project to do with it. My topic is to describe the "lawyers tricks" that Atticus Finch uses throughout the novel. Such as with what he did to get Jem to tell him about the children's Boo Radley game. I need to give examples from the novel and am finding it kind off difficult. Can someone please help?

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The best "lawyer trick," that Atticus plays is using his intelligence, logic, and understanding of human nature. This is shown in Tom's trial when Atticus establishes that Mayella's face is bruised on the right side and that Bob Ewell is left-handed. He leads Ewell into demonstrating that he is left-handed by asking if he can read and write--which catches Ewell by surprise and offends him. Atticus then plays upon Ewell's wounded pride and his need to prevail over Atticus by asking Ewell to write his name. When he does write his name, with great satisfaction, Atticus has shown the court, and everyone in the courtroom, that Bob Ewell, not Tom Robinson, is more likely to have beaten Mayella.

Also, as a lawyer Atticus is very good at the art of compromise. He shows this when Scout has her confrontation with her teacher, Miss Caroline, over Scout's reading at home with her father. After Atticus explains to Scout what a compromise is, he gets her to agree to one. She will continue to go to school, and they will continue their reading. Scout's continuing school was never really on the table, but through this "compromise," Atticus preserves his daughter's sense of independence and makes her a willing participant in going back into Miss Caroline's classroom. 

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