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This quote is important in several ways in To Kill a Mockingbird. It shows the reader the high degree of respect the community, particularly the black community, has for Atticus Finch. It took a great deal of courage and sense of rightness for Atticus to defend Tom; he knew it put his children at risk, and would be ultimately futile, as well. It is also key, because until that point, Scout didn't really comprehend the gravity of the entire situation, or realize that her father was a great man, instead of just her dad.
To me, this quote is important. The quote is spoken at the very end of Chapter 21. Atticus is leaving the court room and Rev. Sykes wants Scout to stand up.
The reason that this is important is that it shows that the black community is grateful to Atticus Finch for what he has tried to do for Tom Robinson. The black community is not used to having white people do the right thing and stand up for black people. So they are standing to show their appreciation and to help illustrate for us how good of a man Atticus is.
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