To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Everyone reacts to stressful situations in different ways. Some people become overwhelmed, some become irritable, and some react differently every time and can be unpredictable. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the ideas expressed is how some characters, like Atticus Finch, react in stressful situations and reveals that they may not act how one might expect. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus reacts to troublesome experiences in ways most people would not.
When faced with the Tom Robinson case, Atticus reacts to the events in an unlikely way. At the beginning of the novel when Atticus is asked to be the defense lawyer for Tom Robinson, he is reluctant. He knows they have no chance of winning the case in the county court because “... [they] were licked a hundred years before…” (pg. 101). Atticus knows that the case will have to go to a higher court in Alabama in order for Tom Robinson to receive proper justice. But in the meantime, Atticus works as hard as he possibly can to try and give Tom a fair trial in the Maycomb county court.
When the verdict was given to Tom and it was guilty, Atticus reacted by just “... pushing papers from the table into his briefcase. He snapped it shut, went to the court reporter and said something, nodded to Mr. Gilmer, and then went to Tom Robinson and whispered something to him. Atticus put his hand on Tom’s shoulder as he whispered. Atticus took his coat off the back of his chair and pulled it over his shoulder. Then he left

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