In "To Kill a Mockingbird", why does Maycomb County re-elect Atticus every year?

4 Answers | Add Yours

mshurn's profile pic

Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

In addition to be so well respected, Atticus has deep family roots in Maycomb County. In Scout's recitation of family history in the novel's first chapter, she tells of their ancestor, Simon Finch, who settled Finch's Landing well before the Civil War, so far before the Civil War in the 1860s that Simon didn't live to see it. The Finch family has been in Maycomb County before there was a Maycomb County. Scout says that Atticus was "Maycomb County born and bred." He knew "his people" very well, she says, and "they knew him." Scout also points out that "Atticus was related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town."

mwestwood's profile pic

mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

As a man of integrity without prejudice, Atticus Finch is respected.  A mature, rational man, he is what the highly emotional people of Maycomb need.  His demeanor in the courtroom exemplies his fairness, tact, and understanding; he is one of the few people in the town who can handle both black and white citizens fairly.  In fact, Atticus is probably the only man in town who can defend Tom Robinson on the basis of justice alone, not allowing anything about Tom to prejudice him.

lacibabyy00's profile pic

lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted on

tticus is a great lawyer therefore, gets elected every year.

tonto's profile pic

tonto | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

Because the town knows that Atticus is smart and he is a great lawyer so they re elect them.

We’ve answered 319,210 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question