What are some quotes (with page/chapter) from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" about Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson?I'm writing an essay about how Atticus is a hero,and one of my points is...

What are some quotes (with page/chapter) from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" about Atticus's defense of Tom Robinson?

I'm writing an essay about how Atticus is a hero,
and one of my points is about his defence of Tom Robinson in court.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much like Tessie Hutchinson of "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, Atticus stands alone before the jury and challenges their traditional beliefs.  He begins his summation by declaring,

...this case should never have come to trial.  This case is as simple as black and white.

The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place.(Ch.20)

After the verdict of guilty comes in, Aunt Alexandra tells Atticus, "I'm sorry, brother."  And, Jem bleakly asks Atticus, "How could they do it, how could they?" (Ch.21)

When food appears outside, Calpurnia tells Atticus, "They 'preciate what you did, Mr. Finch."  Later, Miss Maudie tells the children,

'Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident?  That Judge Taylor might have had his reasons for naming him?...It was no accident....as I waited I thought, Atticus Finch won't win, he can't win, but he's the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that.  And I thought to myself, well, we're making a step--it's just a baby step, but it's a step.' (Ch.21)

Of course, even bigger news than the trial proceedings is the gossip of the town about Atticus's face being spat upon by Bob Ewell, vowing to get him if it took the rest of his life, an insult which underscores the greatness of Atticus's actions.

 

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