The Finch family in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, tries to live an exemplary life in a conflicted and prejudiced Maycomb County. Atticus, a lawyer, will defend Tom Robinson, despite it being a foregone conclusion that an innocent Tom will be found guilty as the people of Maycomb County protect and perpetuate their hypocritical and racist principles.
Jeremy Atticus Finch, better known as Jem, is Atticus's young son, in whom Atticus, along with his sister Jean-Louise who goes by the nickname "Scout," is trying to instill a sense of fairness and justice. Atticus reminds the children that, even though others are judgmental, a person can never understand what motivates another person until he has been in a position to "climb into his skin and walk around in it." Scout and Jem find it difficult to understand Atticus's perspective, especially when they consider how Mr Cunningham almost killed their father. Atticus talks about people's "blind spots" in making his children understand.