What is Ms. Rachel's attitude toward Atticus defending Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The following morning after the Tom Robinson trial, Atticus is overcome with emotion when he discovers that there are numerous gifts on his back porch from the black community, which displays their appreciation for his valiant defense of Tom. Shortly after Atticus leaves the kitchen table, Dill joins Jem and Scout for breakfast and comments on his aunt's reaction to Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson. While Dill is eating, he tells Jem and Scout that Miss Rachel said, "...if a man like Atticus Finch wants to butt his head against a stone wall it’s his head" (Lee, 217). Essentially, Miss Rachel believes that Atticus's efforts are in vain and feels that he is simply wasting his time defending a black man. Miss Rachel's comments...

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