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Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the innocent victim of racial prejudice. In many ways, he is the strongest example of what might be termed traditional southern values, something that is situationally ironic as he is black. He is a twenty-five-year-old worker, happily married, and the...

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Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the innocent victim of racial prejudice. In many ways, he is the strongest example of what might be termed traditional southern values, something that is situationally ironic as he is black. He is a twenty-five-year-old worker, happily married, and the father of three children. He is pious and hard-working, and generally respected within the community. He also is charitable and kind, and values helping out people in need, and sympathetic to  Mayella Ewell.

Unlike many other people in the town, he does not believe that people should be judged by the color of their skin, and strongly opposes even de facto segregation. Being himself honest and fair minded, he is somewhat naive about the depths of fear and hatred present in the town. 

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