We've spent the past two weeks analyzing the testimonies of several key witnesses from the trial scene of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, arriving afterward at the unanimous conclusion that Tom Robinson is innocent of the crime of which he's been accused by the prosecution's star witnesses: Mayella Ewell and her father, Bob. And yet, we've also seen how this knowledge makes little difference in the minds of the jurors, who unanimously convict Tom in spite of this.
This week, I would like you to consider Atticus' actions. He worked so hard to give Tom Robinson the best defense possible, even subjecting his children to taunts and criticism from neighbors, friends, and even relatives. In your opinion, was it worth it? Did Atticus do the right thing in defending Tom to the best of his abilities? Do you think that his actions have made any difference whatsoever? Explain your answer using textual examples.
Your comments will count as a homework assignment for the third marking period of the spring semester.