To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 16 question

Who or what is the antagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird? How do you think Atticus would answer that question? Who or what does he see as his opponent in the Tom Robinson trial?

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This is a very layered question. I would say that bigotry and ignorance are the angonists in the book. Both bigotry and ignorance are directly connected. Bob Ewell is the ultimate manifestation of these. I think Atticus would agree with this. Atticus mentions Maycomb's usual disease ,which is prejudice and racism. This sickness is very much a part of the American South and Atticus knows it is difficult to cure. Atticus hopes that he can navigate his kids around the racial ugliness that is taken for "normal" in Maycomb, "people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up." Indeed, his children do look to Atticus which gives the reader a bit of hope in the end.