Analyze conflict theme
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The fact that Atticus is defending the word of a black man over the accusations of a white girl is sacrilegious. The very thought of a white girl being raped by a black man is enough to stir the white population of Maycomb into a frenzy. The truth has nothing to do with how they see things. The town expects Atticus to yield to Bob Ewell and his daughter without putting up a defence. This falls in line with the theme of ignorance and racism.