Why was Underwood covering Atticus at the jail if he is a known “nigger-hater”?Why was Underwood covering Atticus at the jail if he is a known “nigger-hater”? Please answer all parts of...

Why was Underwood covering Atticus at the jail if he is a known “nigger-hater”?

Why was Underwood covering Atticus at the jail if he is a known “nigger-hater”?

Please answer all parts of the question

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Even if he is a known "nigger-hater", he respected and valued Atticus. Beyond Atticus' character, Atticus was the district attorney and a state legislator, therefore, an integral member of the community. Mr. Underwood, being the paper's sole author and editor, could say and do just about whatever he wanted and if he was going to change his view, he could do so without criticism.

His experience watching Atticus throughout the trial demonstrates the literary device of a dynamic (changable) character. By the time Tom is eventually killed, Mr. Underwood writes a beautiful metaphorical piece about Tom likening his death to the innocence of songbirds. Thus, he learned from Atticus' presentation of the case that Tom is a valuable a worthwhile member of society.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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