TKAM, Chapter 20: Atticus's speech

TKAM, Chapter 20: Atticus's speech

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Here, is a brief summary on what Atticus said in chapter 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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  • The Speech
  • Atticus begins..
  • Ladies  and Gentlemen, " I shall be brief, but I would like to use my remaining time with you to remind you that this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant."
  • What we try to fail in knowing..
  • "I have nothing 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 has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with..."
  •  Later that day, Tom has finished his testimony and Mr. Gilmer has finished questioning Tom. All remains silent, then Atticus Finch rises up from his seat. Everyone stares at him wondering what he has to say. 
  • What we know..
  • "She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white. 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 them."
  • Everyone, who is mostly asleep, have risen from their sleep, most are surprised and wondering what is left of Atticus. Just, what do you want to inform us about?
  • Truth
  • Atticus and everyone else in the courtroom know that Tom Robinson is innocent, but will they come to their right senses in agreeing in so?
  • To be continued...
  • "I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty."
  • It's the truth, everyone in the court room knows that Mayella and Bob are liars, we all know that there is no clear evidence to have Tom be convicted for a crime he did not commit, so why is this case even taken to the court?
  • It's the truth, she lives in a society were racism is acceptable, but if she knows what she is doing is wrong, then why do it?
  • "What was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson, a human being. She must put Tom Robinson away from her. Tom Robinson was her daily reminder of what she did. What did she do? She tempted a Negro."
  • This is Maycomb's such "disease", now question is will they choose justice?  Only time can tell what Maycomb has in store for us, now it is the time for the jury to choose...
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