For what reasons did Atticus defend Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?Nine reasons would be good, but any contribution will help.
Atticus does not volunteer to defend Tom Robinson. Instead, he is assigned the case by Judge Taylor, who
"... pointed at me and said, 'You're It.' "
Atticus would have preferred not to have been the judge's choice, and he confided in his brother, Jack, that
"I'd hoped to get through life without a case of this kind..."
But Atticus has another reason for not refusing his assignment: He does it to set an example for his children.
"... do you think I could face my children otherwise?... I hope they trust me enough..."
Atticus recognizes that Tom is innocent, and he is able to see what the jury apparently does not: That Tom could not have committed the crimes of which he was accused because of his crippled left arm. Atticus also understands that the left-handed Bob Ewell must have beaten his own daughter. Atticus has taught his children that the "worst thing" a white man can do is "cheatin' a colored man," and he aims to exonerate Tom from the trumped-up charges made by the Ewells.