This internal conflict of Atticus choosing to defend Tom Robinson or not affected a lot of people not just Atticus. Jem and Scout, Atticus' children, could possibly face harassment at school, Scout especially. Scout's anger control, which is very poor, might beat up more people for complaining about her father defending an African American. Also Jem will have to face similar experiences like this. Also, Aunt Alexandria might have some say in what Atticus' decision might be. She might come down to live with because she wants to protect the image of the family so it is not totally wrecked by Atticus conflict. Not only will the Finch family be impacted but the community of Maycomb will also have something to say about his conflict.
Often in small towns the people who live in work there follow a similar belief system or have some of the same morals. This statement holds true in Maycomb Alabama where they is much racism and a lot hate towards the blacks. When Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson, the whole society in Maycomb is affected. In Maycomb, there is a history of racism. Most of the residents know the verdict before the case has even gotten