360 Atticus Finch represents the rational man in a world of highly emotional people. Atticus is a stable and mature figure who is able to cope with the unreasonable and highly emotional element of the town. He can handle the prejudiced white masses and still deal justly with the underprivileged Negro population. He is one of the few people of the town who understands the individual worth of a person regardless of the color of skin. He is able to defend Tom Robinson solely on the basis of justice and does not allow the color of Tom's skin to prejudice him against Tom's case. It is necessary to have a man with a high and ideal view of justice defending Tom Robinson because even Atticus knows that the case is hopelessly lost before he begins. He is wise enough to know that the prejud ices of the southern town will never allow justice to be done, but at the same time, he is determined that the truth be told so that those who convict tom will be aware that they are convicting an innocent man. Accordingly, in the final analysis of the story, Atticus
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