Atticus, By Harper Lee Essay

1472 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
“... the evil assumption- that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber. Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie i do not have to point of to you.” (Atticus) In the article Excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus, a profound lawyer, takes on a case of an accused black man named Tom Robinson, of rapping a woman named Mayella Ewell. Atticus took the Robinson case because he knew in his heart that Tom was a resemblance to a Mockingbird, and that he couldn’t even hurt a fly if he wanted to. Atticus knew Tom was innocent. Atticus uses ethos, logos, and pathos throughout the article to really show, and help us understand that Tom Robinson is in fact innocent. Atticus uses ethos by using her persuasive power to convince us that Tom is innocent. Mayella had bruises all along the left side of her face, Atticus convinces us that Tom is innocent because Tom got his left hand caught in a machine as a kid, and no longer has use of it. “Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left… he swore out a warrant, no doubt signing with his left hand, and Tom Robinson sits before you, having taken the oath with the only good hand he possesses- his right hand.” ( Atticus ) There is no way Tom would have been able to ruthlessly beat Mayella like that without…

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