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There is always more than one way to go about solving any given problem The closing statements of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and another attorney in A Lesson before Dying differ in many respects as to how they go about arguing for the same purpose the acquittal of their defendants In the end Atticus Finchs argument is objectively more persuasive Unlike the other attorney Atticus draws on logic to support his defendants position placing him as an equal of the jury and asking the jury above all else to do their duty Easily the most striking difference between the two arguments is the place that the orators attempt to position their defendants Atticus who plans to use logic as his weapon treats his client with respect He never insults his intelligence and even implies that his client felt pity a condescending emotion toward the chief witness And so a quiet respectable humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to feel sorry for a white woman has had to put his word against two white peoples Meanwhile the other lawyer keenly playing on the prejudices of the jury explains to them why his client is so beneath them as to be deserving of their pity and mercy He constantly refers to him as a fool He even dehumanizes him saying that his client is A thing to hold the handle of a plow a thing to load the jurys bales of cotton a thing to dig the jurys ditches to chop the jurys wood to pull the jurys corn While Atticus uses this placement as a device to engender the equality between the jury and the defendant that merits the frank honest and logical use of the law the other attorney uses it as an argument in and of itself Perhaps the only strength of his argument comes only from the fact that the white juries that preside over these two trials of
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