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What is the importance in the mob episode in 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'

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What is the importance in the mob episode? Atticus has been receiving threats and warnings for defending Tom Robinson in this section of the novel. In this scene, a heated disagreement is introduced and part of the town's true feelings and prejudices is exposed. In chapter 15, the children, Jem and Scout, go up to the jail and see Atticus sitting outside Macomb jail, where Tom Robinson is at the time, and he is reading a newspaper. Jem, Scout and Dill all sneak out of the house and follow Atticus to the town center where the Maycomb jail is. ...read more.

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One of the men tells Atticus that he has fifteen seconds to get his children to leave before a fight breaks out. Harper Lee describes how the children are unfamiliar with these men. Until, Scout sees Mr. Cunningham, she talks to him politely and innocently but Mr. Cunningham doesn?t respond, so Scout wonders if he recognized her. She starts talking about his son, Walter and asks him to say ?hey? to him from her. Mr. Cunningham then orders the crowd to leave. I think this is because he is brought back to his senses, realizing that what he is doing is wrong and it shows him Scouts politeness and kind intensions. ...read more.

Conclusion

She destroyed the mob mentality, and caused each of the men to think as individuals instead of as a mob/large crowd, so that the men could understand the situation and get rid of any other judgments. Atticus?s bravery and courage is also shown in this episode. Firstly, he stays outside of Tom Robinsons cell all night, alone, and then even when the mob arrive, even though he knows that they are stronger than him as a group and would win a fight her is un-phased and doesn?t show any anxiety in the situation because doesn?t want them to feel stronger than him. He tries to defend his children from any danger whilst also protecting Tom Robinson at the same time. This shows how kind and brave Atticus is. Georgie Pym 10OM ...read more.

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