Atticus Finch's Influence on Maycomb

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Atticus Finch's Influence on Maycomb To Kill a Mockingbird is a heroic tale about two children, Scout and Jem; their father; and the events that occurred in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. In the novel, Atticus, the children's father, makes a decision to defend a black man in court that affects the racially-biased town's view of him and his family, for better and for worse. Though the decision was seemingly "tough", he knew exactly what he had to do in the situation, and he did that. The town may have ridiculed him but the townspeople knew that he did what he had to do. He also plays a part in affecting the town's morals throughout the novel by being modest, standing up for what he believes in, and seeing things all the way through. Atticus was a positive influence on the town of Maycomb, morally and racially in To Kill a Mockingbird. This research paper looks at how Atticus affected the people of Maycomb, including Tom Robinson, his children, and the townspeople in general. In order to defend Tom Robinson on trial, Atticus had to make many sacrifices that involved the town's opinion and views of him as a person. Though most of the people in Maycomb were racist in some way, many of those people knew Tom Robinson was innocent. Still, many people didn't feel comfortable with the idea of standing up for a black man, no matter how innocent he was. When Miss Maudie says, "Whether Maycomb knows it or not we're paying the highest tribute we can pay to a man. We trust him to do right it's just that simple" (Lee 236), she shows that the town treated Atticus as a leader. He showed the sheltered, little town that just because a person is colored, that does not mean they are guilty of whatever crime a white man had accused them of. Atticus's job is not the easiest or the most fun. Most of the people in Maycomb could never do what he does daily. Many people would have
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