Tom Robinson Qualities

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Only a few beings exist as a mockingbird. Mockingbirds exist only for the enjoyment of others; they make other people’s lives brighter. Though in To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson’s character does not hold prominence, he displays many honorable attributes. These qualities define him as a mockingbird. In this story, he enters as a desperate defendant battling for his life. Throughout the trial, however, he still exemplifies a few different, respectable traits. Even before the trial, he displayed a solid work ethic and a courtesy that one cannot deny. His truthfulness, respectfulness, and hard-working attitude make him a reputable character in this story. Permeating his struggle for justice, these characteristics shine through. In this circumstance, many lies abound. However, among the truthful stands Tom Robinson, whose constant honesty gains him respect in the mind of the readers. He stays truthful, even with the pressure of the questions from various persons, including Mr. Finch and Mr. Gilmer. This is illustrated in the following passage from page 255: “When did she ask you to chop up the—the chiffarobe?” “Mr. Finch, it was way last spring…” This illustrates well the openness of Tom, because in saying this, he was stating that Mayella Ewell, the accuser, perjured. Throughout the rest of the court case,…show more content…
Instead, this fact comes from the proclamation of Mr. Link Deas spoke out of turn, and also the story Tom gave during his testimony. He repeatedly said that he walked to work, or he stopped by to work for Mayella, putting emphasis on the word “work”. Mr. Link’s declaration went as follows: “I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now. That boy’s worked for me eight years an’ I ain’t had a speck o’trouble outa him (261).” This clarifies the point that Tom did have a good work ethic. Since work is ethical, Tom’s work ethic earns him
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