To Kill a Mockingbird

Although Atticus is ridiculed for defending Tom, why is he respected by the people of Maycomb?

To Kill A Mockingbird

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People support his actions and respect his courage. They just don't have their own courage to speak up for justice. Atticus's views towards the blacks in the community are not socially acceptable, however, so people criticize him for these "bad" attitudes or risk being lumped in with him themselves.