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Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument to the Jury, from To Kill A Mockingbird*

Lee, Harper. "Chapter 20." To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. N. pag. Print.

The persuasive effect of lines 7-12 rely primarily on the speaker’s use of


archetypes in order to distance his client from the reality of the matter.


commonplace expressions in order to lessen the magnitude of the charge.


antithesis in order to draw contrasts between his client and the true guilty party.


colloquialisms in order to identify more closely with the jury.


causal reasoning to illustrate a chain of events that demonstrate his client's innocence.

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