Atticus Finch Ethos In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus Finch makes a very important and thought provoking speech in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is about Atticus’s two children, Scout and Jem, facing new situations due to him defending Tom Robinson. The speech was his closing argument at Tom Robinson’s trial. Tom Robinson was being accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus is a credible and respectable lawyer. The book took place in Maycomb,Alabama in the 1930s. The setting affected the story because at the time there was a lot of racism and stereotyping present. His speech emotionally touched the reader and was persuasive. His speech was very effective in the point of view of the reader because he used ethos, pathos, and logos. His audience was the jury and the people of Maycomb, Alabama. He wanted to prove Tom Robinson’s innocence. …show more content…
The basis of his credibility is that the people of Maycomb know how good of a lawyer he was. He had a good education background, which indicated that he was a knowledgeable man. A lot of people from the town are not well educated. Atticus added on to that credibility with his strong vocabulary. His vocabulary was very appropriate. His extensive vocabulary was used to prove even further how credible he is. He also extended his credibility and persuasiveness with repetition and parallel structure within his speech. The repetition used added emphasis to the pleading he was doing. He was truly trying to convince the jury that Tom Robinson did not do the crime. He states “guilt,” “negro,” and “she” several times. Parallel structure is also present and it too helped strengthen his argument. “Now what did she do”. “Now, gentlemen…” “Now I am confident…” Using the word ‘now’ several times, allowed him to bring new points to his