A black man who was accused of raping a white woman. His descriptions and words leave no doubts to the reader that he is innocent. Atticus Finch decides to defend him and this is the reason why Finch’s family gets terrible treatment from the town’s inhabitants. During the trial process Tom has to go through lynching and mocking from the crowd, who simply perceives him through the color of his skin. Finch’s kids sit in the “colored balcony” when they attend the trial. In the very end it becomes obvious that Tom is innocent, but he is still convicted by the jury. When he tries to escape the prison, he is shot dead.
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