Point of View: Atticus
“Do all lawyers defend n-Negroes, Atticus?” “Of course they do, Scout” (Lee 100). I knew this was coming… When I first learned of the case I was somewhat apprehensive. However, I knew I had to do this for, not only, Tom, but Scout and Jem as well. Tom is innocent and although the court’s prejudice will blind them from seeing that I cannot turn my back on him. I would never forgive myself. The town is not going to be easy on Scout or Jem but they need to learn how to walk on their own two feet. They cannot follow everyone else. I hope I can use this trial to their advantage and guide them to what is right. The disease will not caught them. I will not have it. They will be hurt in the end by the verdict, everyone knows what will happen, but they need to grow into their own mindsets. Never give up, no matter what the outcome will be. Scout needs to realize she cannot reaction with violence and Jem can no longer be naive to the world. Scout and Jem are going to learn that their world, Maycomb, is not perfect yet far from it.
Entry two: The Lynch Mob
The sound of engines being cut and footsteps coming towards the jail filled the air. They will do nothing to me. But it is not me I am worried about. I know their goal, I know who they are after. I put down my newspaper and the men tell me to move aside. I will do no such thing. They will not get Tom before I even have the chance to tell his side of the story. The men keep at it until I hear “H-ey, Atticus!” (Lee 203). All of my guard and grace fell at the sound of those two words. I look down and see Scout smiling brightly right up at me. I can feel my whole face pale. I slowly rise and can feel myself shaking. This can not be happening. I tell Jem to go home. He shakes his head. One of the men grabs Jem by the collar and Scout yells and kicks at him. I tell her to stop, that we don’t kick folks. I cannot have them here. Then I notice Scout has begun talking to one of the men. “Entailments are bad” (Lee 205). My jaw almost drops at that and all my attention is on Scout. Soon enough the men leave, piling back into their cars. I walk to the jail relieved. Scout did a very bold move but it might have saved Tom’s life.
Point of View: Atticus