Atticus Finch Fair Trial

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To Kill a Mockingbird took place during a time where segregation was common. Atticus Finch, father of Jem and Scout, was to defend Tom Robinson, a black man. During this time period his case was hopeless. Many people would consider Atticus Finch a clever man. He expected his children to follow certain values, so he displayed them. He also believed everyone deserved equality and justice, which is why he took the Tom Robinson case. In spite of the fact that Tom would not have a fair trial due to his skin color, Atticus knew it was the right choice to defend him. Despite drawbacks for his own family, Atticus was wise to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus put a lot on the line to defend Tom Robinson, including the safety of his children. But, he took …show more content…
He expected his children to treat people fairly no matter what the color of their skin was. Most of the people in Maycomb had a problem with accepting people, which made Atticus different. This also made Atticus admirable,"Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything—like snot-nose. It's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.". This is an example of how Atticus is reflecting his wise knowledge onto his kids. Although by taking the Tom Robinson case put his children in danger, he made the right choice. Not only was he teaching his children that discrimination is not right but he was doing something he believed in. "I am not. 't's morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his life. Look at all those folks, it's like a Roman carnival." , this shows the effect of having beliefs. Atticus changed the opinions and opened eyes to many. Not only does Atticus believe Tom, but so does Miss Maudie.
Nevertheless, Atticus Finch is a wise man. He knew what was right, so he fought for it. In doing so he also taught his children a very important life lesson. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is the moral he taught his children. Atticus did not let the opinions of others control

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