What does atticus find in the kitchen on the moring after the trial?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 22 as Atticus enters the kitchen, he sees the table "loaded with enough food to bury the family."  The food has been brought to the Finch's in a gesture of gratitude for Atticus's actions.  Atticus Finch has defended a black man, an act of good conscience, not without risks.  Because the black people understand and admire the courage that it has taken for Atticus to do this, they bring him gifts as signs of their appreciation.  Even Miss Maudie calls Atticus over to eat a big cake, a gesture to say that "nothing has changed."  She tells Atticus that at least they have taken a "step--It's just a baby step, but it's a step."

Later on, as Atticus and the children descend Miss Maudie's steps, there is a commotion.  Mr. Avery and Miss Stephanie appear and Miss Rachel hurries Dill homeward.  Miss Stephaie informs Atticus that Mr. Bob Ewell has spat in Atticus's face at the post office and threatened him.

Here, then, the reader is confronted with the contrast of the appreciation of the blacks who have lost a battle, yet move "a baby-step" and the animosity of the whites who have won a battle at the cost of their integrity.  And, as so often happens, people turn their hatred upon the person who simply reminds them of what they are. So, Bob Ewell threatens Atticus, tellling him he "will get him if it takes him the rest of his lfe."

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 22, Atticus sits down to breakfast the day after the trial and asks Calpurnia where she got the chicken for breakfast. Calpurnia responds by telling Atticus that Tom Robinson's father sent it over in the morning. Calpurnia then takes Atticus into the kitchen, where he discovers a myriad of different types of food, from salted pork to jars of pigs' knuckles. Cal tells Atticus that all of the food was sitting on the back porch when she woke up and informs him that the African American community truly appreciates what he did for Tom Robinson. Atticus then becomes emotional, and his eyes fill with tears after witnessing how the African American community responded to his efforts. Atticus then tells Calpurnia,

"Tell them I’m very grateful . . . Tell them—tell them they must never do this again. Times are too hard . . ." (Lee, 217).

The African American community's gifts indicate how appreciative they are that Atticus valiantly defended Tom in front of a prejudiced jury. Despite the unfortunate outcome, they are grateful for Atticus's efforts and give him a large amount of food to show their appreciation.

lacibabyy00 | Student

As he walks into kitchen he notices that their table is loaded with absolutley plenty of food for him and his children.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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