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* Doubling as a TearJerker, Mayella Ewell saves up her money for a year so that she can buy ice cream for all of her siblings. It's a brief glimpse of the young woman [[WhatCouldHaveBeen she could have become]] if not for her nightmarish home life.
** Although her motive was to get them out of the way so she could try to seduce Tom Robinson.

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* Doubling as a TearJerker, Mayella Ewell saves up her money for a year so that she can buy ice cream for all of her siblings. It's a brief glimpse of the young woman [[WhatCouldHaveBeen she could have become]] if not for her nightmarish home life.
** Although her
life. Her motive was might have been to get them out of the way so she could try to seduce Tom Robinson.Robinson, but she could have found another, crueler way to clear the house; instead, she paid for them to have a treat.

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** Although her motive was to get them out of the way so she could try to seduce Tom Robinson.


* The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not {{Franchise/Batman}}, not {{Franchise/Indiana Jones}}, not even ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''. Finch got rewarded for [[CrusadingLawyer standing up for what was right his town]], [[GoodParents being a reasonable and active father]], and bringing hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.

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* The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not {{Franchise/Batman}}, not {{Franchise/Indiana Jones}}, not even ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''. Finch got rewarded for [[CrusadingLawyer standing up for what was right for his town]], [[GoodParents being a reasonable and active father]], and bringing hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.


* The Sheriff lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it--having been recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife.

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* The Sheriff lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it--having been a recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife.



* Tom's boss, Link Deas standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job even though he doesn't need her because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.
* The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not {{Franchise/Batman}}, not {{Franchise/Indiana Jones}}, not even ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''. Finch got rewarded for [[CrusadingLawyer standing up for what was right his town]], [[GoodParents being a reasonable and active father]], and bringing and hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.

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* Tom's boss, Link Deas Deas, standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job job, even though he doesn't need her her, because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.
* The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not {{Franchise/Batman}}, not {{Franchise/Indiana Jones}}, not even ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''. Finch got rewarded for [[CrusadingLawyer standing up for what was right his town]], [[GoodParents being a reasonable and active father]], and bringing and hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.


* Tom's boss, Link Deas standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job even though he doesn't need her because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.

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* Tom's boss, Link Deas standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job even though he doesn't need her because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.again.
* The fact that Atticus Finch became AFI's #1 hero. Yep, you read that right, an ordinary citizen won the best hero award. Not {{Franchise/Batman}}, not {{Franchise/Indiana Jones}}, not even ''{{Franchise/Superman}}''. Finch got rewarded for [[CrusadingLawyer standing up for what was right his town]], [[GoodParents being a reasonable and active father]], and bringing and hope and charisma to everyone around him. Finch completely deserves that award.


* Atticus cries in relief once the lynch mob leaves. Given how stoic he is, it is heartwarming that the danger to his children was something that made him react in this way.

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* Atticus cries in relief once the lynch mob leaves. Given how stoic he is, it is heartwarming that the danger to his children was something that made him react in this way.way.
* Tom's boss, Link Deas standing up for him in court, even though it gets him thrown out. Later, he gives Helen a job even though he doesn't need her because he feels badly about how things turned out. Lastly, upon finding out that Helen is taking the long way to work because the Ewells harass her every time she walks past, he goes to the house and threatens to have them all arrested if they bother her again.


* Crosses over with [[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMoA]]: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but [[LoveRedeems by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child]].

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* Crosses over with [[CrowningMomentofAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMoA]]: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but [[LoveRedeems by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child]].


* Though we don't see it, it's implied that Jem was injured trying to protect Scout [[spoiler: from Bob Ewell.]] A 12-year-old boy fighting a grown man for his little sister.

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* Though we don't see it, it's implied that Jem was injured trying to protect Scout [[spoiler: from Bob Ewell.]] Ewell. A 12-year-old boy fighting a grown man for his little sister.



* The Sheriff [[spoiler: lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it--having been recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife]].
* [[spoiler: Bob Ewell's death. He was murdered to prevent him from killing children, and Mayella Ewell can be free from his influence]].

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* The Sheriff [[spoiler: lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it--having been recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife]].
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* [[spoiler: In a way, Bob Ewell's death. He was murdered to prevent him from killing children, and Mayella Ewell can be free from his influence]].influence.



* This troper's heart was warmed when Scout, following Jem's injuries towards the end of the book, hovered around the adults repeatedly asking if Jem was dead, with no other questions or comments, and she was not satisfied until she got to see him for herself.

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* This troper's heart was warmed when Scout, following Jem's injuries towards the end of the book, hovered around the adults repeatedly asking if Jem was dead, with no other questions or comments, and she was not satisfied until she got to see him for herself.


* For his performance as Atticus, Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck a pocket watch that belonged to her father, the man Atticus was based on. When Peck accepted his Best Actor award, he was wearing the watch.

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* Meta example: For his performance as Atticus, Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck a pocket watch that belonged to her father, the man Atticus was based on. When Peck accepted his Best Actor award, he was wearing the watch.



* Mary Badham, who played Scout in the film, kept in contact with Gregory Peck after the filming ended. She would always call him "Atticus".

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* Meta example: Mary Badham, who played Scout in the film, kept in contact with Gregory Peck after the filming ended. She would always call him "Atticus".


** For extra Heartwarming, it's stated that afterwards, Mr. Cunningham supported Atticus and had to be pressured into voting against Tom Robinson.

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** For extra Heartwarming, it's stated that afterwards, Mr. Cunningham supported Atticus and had to be pressured into voting against Tom Robinson.Robinson.
* Atticus cries in relief once the lynch mob leaves. Given how stoic he is, it is heartwarming that the danger to his children was something that made him react in this way.


* The Sheriff [[spoiler: lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service]].

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* The Sheriff [[spoiler: lying to protect Arthur Radley and saying how he did the town a big service]].service. The Sheriff acknowledges that even if Arthur does deserve all the praise and rewards for doing what he did, he wouldn't want it--having been recluse for such a large part of his life, Arthur's not used to being around so many people and obviously wouldn't like being the center of so much attention. So the Sheriff decides that the best way to thank Arthur Radley is to simply keep their mouths shut about what really happened and publish the story about Bob Ewell simply falling on his knife]].

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* Though we don't see it, it's implied that Jem was injured trying to protect Scout [[spoiler: from Bob Ewell.]] A 12-year-old boy fighting a grown man for his little sister.


* Crosses over with CMoA: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but [[LoveRedeems by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child]].

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* Crosses over with CMoA: [[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMoA]]: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but [[LoveRedeems by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child]].


* A small one, but the fact that Cal and Atticus once sat down to try to figure out how old she is by comparing memories. Most employers of the time wouldn't have bothered.

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* A small one, but the fact that Cal and Atticus once sat down to try to figure out how old she is by comparing memories. Most employers of the time wouldn't have bothered.bothered.
*Crosses over with CMoA: the fact that Scout can make a lynch mob feel ashamed of themselves and go home just by talking to them-and not with some eloquent speech, but [[LoveRedeems by reaching out to Mr. Cunningham with the simple innocence of a child]].
**For extra Heartwarming, it's stated that afterwards, Mr. Cunningham supported Atticus and had to be pressured into voting against Tom Robinson.


* May double as a TearJerker. When Atticus agrees to defend Tom, he knows full well that the young man can't pay for legal fees. After the first day of the trial, the Finch children wake up and go outside...and discover that the ''entire African-American population of the town'' has been up all night preparing food to leave anonymously on the back porch. It's such a simple gesture, but it means so much.

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* May double as a TearJerker. When Atticus agrees to defend Tom, he knows full well that the young man can't pay for legal fees. After the first day of the trial, the Finch children wake up and go outside...and discover that the ''entire African-American population of the town'' has been up all night preparing food to leave anonymously on the back porch. It's such a simple gesture, but it means so much.much.
* A small one, but the fact that Cal and Atticus once sat down to try to figure out how old she is by comparing memories. Most employers of the time wouldn't have bothered.

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