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TOM ROBINSON. Tom's escape attempt that resulted in his death is probably the best example of the extreme pressure he was facing. Atticus tells his sister that
"I guess Tom was tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own."
ATTICUS. Atticus faces great pressures from defending Tom Robinson. The night at the jail when he faces the lynch mob is one example. When Jem, Scout and Dill show up unexpectedly, Atticus shows a rare example of emotion.
Atticus got up from his chair, but he was moving slowly, like an old man. He put the newspaper down very carefully, adjusting the creases with lingering fingers. They were trembling a little.
SCOUT. Scout is pressured by Atticus to stop fighting or "he would wear me out." But "Cecil Jacobs made me forget" when he claimed that "Scout Finch's daddy defended niggers." When her cousin Francis accused Atticus of a similar trait, Scout's fists flew once again.
MISS CAROLINE. Scout's first grade teacher faces many of the same pressures as new teachers face today. After Miss Caroline "whipped" Scout with her ruler, the class broke into frenzied laughter; when the teacher threatened the class with the same punishment, they only became louder. It disrupted the class next door, and the veteran 6th grade teacher, Miss Blount, threatened them all.
"Miss Caroline, the sixth grade cannot concentrate on the pyramids for all this racket."
... Miss Caroline watched the class file out for lunch. As I was the last to leave, I saw her sink down into her chair and bury her head in her arms. Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her. She was a pretty little thing.
BOO RADLEY. No one knows how Boo felt about his life of exile within his own home, but following Bob Ewell's death, instead of becoming a more visible presence in the neighborhood, he retreats inside his house for good. But first he asks Scout to walk him home.
"Will you take me home?"
... I would lead him through our house, but I would never lead him home.
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