To Kill a Mocking Bird Chapter 20

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My favorite passage of the book is in chapter 20, when Atticus gives his speech in the court room. He encourages the jury not to be biased against Tom because he is black, he also asks that the jury votes based on evidence alone and not prejudice or opinion. In todays courts the jurors will hopefully be choosing the right decision based on evidence only. In the beginning of the speech he declares “this case is as simple as black and white" showing how it is as plainly obvious who should win. He also says how he believes in the "integrity" of the courts and jury system, basically saying how he trusts the jury to make the right decision, and knows that they know Tom is innocent, even if they do not give the verdict that way. This part of the book is the most important to me because I feel that Atticus is absolutely right, he believes in equality no matter what color skin you have, he believes to do what is right. To summarize the speech Atticus explains to everybody in Maycomb that Tom is not guilty and that he should be given a chance. Although Atticus proved Tom was innocent, he was still ruled guilty because Tom was black and the Ewells were white this proves just how racist the people of Maycomb were against black people. Tom is the mockingbird in “To Kill a Mockingbird” because he never did anything to hurt anybody but was accused of rape by Bob Ewell, Tom ended up dying toward the end because he was “guilty”. Jem and Scout find it hard to believe that Tom was guilty. Scout learns a painful yet truthful lesson from her father in chapter 23 that “As you grow older (Scout), you'll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and dont forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, that white man is
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