How Is Atticus Innocent

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is the lawyer for Tom Robinson, a black man with the odds against him in this case with an all-white jury. Atticus has four points to prove that Tom is innocent. In Atticus’ speech, he uses logical appeal and emotional word choices for an attempt to convince the white jury to set Tom free. Atticus uses his four main points to prove Tom is not guilty of committing the crime of rape. “First, the state did not allow medical evidence because they did not have any evidence of Tom committing the crime. Second, Tom is not physically capable of committing the crime. Third, there was no evidence the crime was even committed. Fourth, the only reason he was on trial was because he was black and he showed pity on a white girl. The four points that Atticus stated convinced the crowd of Tom’s innocence but not the jury.(para 1-8)” Tom’s color of skin predetermined the jury’s attitude toward the charges against him.…show more content…
Tom showed that he is a caring kind of person. He ran away because of the prejudices of the law. Atticus uses parallelism to show that everyone is made different and no one is perfect. For example, Atticus tells the jury that “Some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunities because they are born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies makes better cakes than others, some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.” (para. 8) Atticus shows that everyone is born with different talents. It shows that just because he is black one cannot judge a person because of the color of skin they
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