The quote has a lot of different meanings, but what Atticus meant was that everyone knew Bob Ewell is violent towards his children when he's drunk. Bob Ewell doesn't want to be put in jail, so he blames it on Tom Robinson a crippled black man. There was no point in having a trial knowing that Bob Ewell is abusive and Tom Robinson is a cripple. Also, Atticus is wise to defend a black man knowing that no matter what race he is, he's the same as any white man out there. In the courtroom, he states that, “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal…” (274).
Atticus lives by a code: let your conscience be your guide. That’s why he takes on the case at the heart of the story, the defense of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Scout tells Atticus that most people in the town think it’s wrong to defend the accused man. But Atticus explains that “they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends a black man, Tom Robinson, when he is wrongly accused of raping a white girl. When he takes this job the Maycomb community instantly criticized Atticus for helping Robinson. Atticus’ two children, Scout and Jem, are also judged because of their father’s job. Almost everyone in Maycomb has preconceived judgements against Atticus and the blacks in the community. In the novel
Boo Radley is not the only victim of this, but also African Americans not only prejudice towards them but injustice was being done towards them. This can be seen with Tom Robinson’s court. When Atticus is asking Tom why he ran away from the scene and Tom points out “if you was [were] a nigger like me” anybody would be scared as well (222). His reason is spoken loud and clear easily to understand life for African Americans is not easy. Americans were not only unjust with him but also prejudice by claiming him being “‘Guilty...guilty…” even they knew he was not guilty but at the end to them he was still an African American (240).
There is one central idea in to kill A Mockingbird, the central idea of the story is how others judged anyone different than them without having any information or reason for being prejudiced. The story shows this throughout the story as 2 different characters. The first character is Boo Radley the kids of Maycomb avoid him because they had heard bad stories of him. The way Maycomb treated Boo Radley leads up to how they treated Tom Robinson when he is accused of rape. In the town of Maycomb all of its citizens acted racist towards people of colored skin.
This case involved a black man named Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping white girl named Mayella Ewell. During the time period the novel takes place African American people were no longer slaves but were still denied a lot of rights that white people had. So one can only imagine how this whole town would react to someone who would help a black man who was accused of rape. This is why the novel contains vulgar language, racial comments and words like “nigger” and Negro, and to some people this is a problem. “To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read novels of all time.
Boo Radley never harmed anyone, but was victimized by the social prejudice of the Maycomb community. Although not established until the end of the novel, Boo Radley is set up to be the last discovered symbolic character for the image of the mockingbird. Harper Lee has done this to illustrate all points of injustice in the 1930s societal town of Maycomb, where rumours and old tales define Boo's life story rather than his authentically generous heart and personality. During the concluding chapter of the novel, Scout comes to the realization that blaming Boo for Bob Ewell's death would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." Boo does many kind-hearted things in the novel such as leaving gifts in the knot-hole for Scout and Jem, repairing Jem's pants, putting the blanket on Scout discretely in order to keep her warm, and even saving them from the evil Bob Ewell.
One more assumption that is made in this novel is that African Americans are to be treated as less than white men. Tom Robinson, for example, is proved guilty in his trial for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell just because he is a black man, even though the evidence clearly shows that he is innocent. In Atticus’s closing summation, he says, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (204)” This quote is saying that black men themselves are not a problem, but that it is the whole human race that should not be trusted.
Therefore, Mayella was “beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left hand” (272). Atticus showed that Mr. Ewell was left- handed, and also demonstrated that Tom only can use his right, because an accident that happened to his left hand when he was twelve. The evidence points out that Tom Robinson was not really in trial for being accused of a crime, but because of the color of his skin. The court case was a cover up of a domestic violence at a price of a black man’s life, a real human-
He stands up for what’s right, and for what he believes in no matter what other people think. Atticus is the lawyer for Tom Robinson, the man falsely accused of raping a white girl. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout, that just because a man is black he is not a bad person. He teaches them not to judge a person by the color of their skin.