He represents a black man Tom during the trial, trying to alleviate the problem of unfair discrimination in Maycomb.I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.
Atticus is older than other fathers in the city, and his children are embarrassed at the beginning.
“I have nothing to but pity in my heart for the chief witness for the state, but my pity does not extend so far as to her putting a man’s life at stake, which she has done in an effort to get rid of her own guilt.
“I say guilt, gentlemen, because it was guilt that motivated her.
She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it. Tom Robinson was her daily reminder of what she did. “And so a quiet, respectable, humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white woman has had to put his word against two white people.
She persisted, and her subsequent reaction is something that all of us have known at one time or another. I need not to remind of their appearance and conduct on the stand—you saw them for yourselves.