Mayella should not be forgiven. Mayella, while being mistreated from her father, committed a crime. She is a victim of abuse and harsh obligations, but she still did something that is not right. She put a kind, hardworking father into a position that was inescapable for anyone nevertheless a Negro. Mayella says "That nigger yonder took advantage of me…" it is well known that someone of Tom Robinson 's nature would not do something as unprofessional as a rape. She seduced Tom as well as took advantage of his considerate being because she was mistreated.
Set during the Jim Crow Era in the South, To Kill a Mockingbird displays many instances of racism. Atticus Finch, a protagonistic lawyer, defends Tom Robinson: an African American who is falsely accused of rape. Throughout the trial, Scout and Jem Finch are repeatedly ridiculed based on their father’s defense of Robinson. Lynch mobs led by racist towns members gather at the jail with the motive to kill Robinson, although the mob ends up breaking up due to Scout’s comments. The towns racism then skews the verdict of the trial and Robinson is found guilty of the crime. Later, Robinson is killed when he tries to escape from jail. Jem and Scout are also attacked by Bob Ewell, a prominent racist, because of their father’s attempt at defending
The people of Maycomb may have never been the fairest to him, but he would always be kind in return and rose above the negativity. Mrs. Dubose was an old woman who would criticize Atticus and his children any chance she got. But Atticus always warned the kids to not talk back, just let her say what she needs to and walk away. He said she was an old woman going through a lot of pain and is one of the bravest people he knows. Strangely enough, Atticus was also able to see the good in Mayella Ewell, and it tore him apart having to destroy her testimony on the stand. In chapter eighteen Scout says, “Atticus hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so. He sat with his head down..”(Lee 252). When Atticus had to defend Tom he also had to show the jury that Mayella was speaking lies which made him upset to do so. He knew Mayella was a victim in the situation too and did not want to hurt her more than Bob Ewell already did. Bob Ewell was a man full of evil and hatred. He threatens Atticus and harrasses Tom Robinson’s widow but he tells his kids not to fear him. He does not want his kids to live in fear of a man who is all talk no do. Atticus rises above Bob Ewell in many
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story, through the eyes of Scout, a young girl living in Maycomb County, Alabama. Scout is raised in an odd time in American history when racism and prejudice were routine. Scout was surrounded by people that forced to learn many crucial life lessons and help her mature into a respectable lady. List points
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story about inequality, injustice and racism seen through the eyes of two innocent children, Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout live in Maycomb, Alabama and learn these sad lessons through their relationships with their father Atticus, their maid Calpurnia, their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of a terrible crime. Through their relationship with Boo and Tom, Jem and Scout learn about racism and inequality that changes how they see the world. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are two different people who share similar struggles with inequality throughout this story.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book about a lawyer that has to try and save a man named Tom Robinson,because he has accused of something he didn 't do. To Kill a Mockingbird is an award winning book written by Harper Lee. Tom Robinson is a black man that was accused of raping a woman and a lawyer, named Atticus Finch, has to try and save him. Atticus is a kind and selfless man that likes to help people like Tom Robinson.
How is the racial problem of the southern states of USA in the 1930s portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird?
In the classical 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee depicts the social and racial inequality in southern American society during the 1930’s. Residing in Maycomb County, Atticus Finch and his two children, Scout and Jem, gain appreciation for tolerance as they encounter diverse characters such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Told from Scout’s perspective of their adventures, Jem and Scout explore the prejudicial flaws of their community. The portrayal of a catalyst and prophet matches the personality of Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch; serving as the brother and friend of his sister Scout, Jem’s once innocent and naive world view is exposed to the less savory aspects of southern culture when his father takes on a case defending an African American man accused of rape. As the dehumanizing factors of institutionalized and widespread racial discrimination and prejudice become evident, Jem learns that empathy and human understanding are crucial in realizing full human potential.
Scout, the novels main character, is a smart and inquisitive girl, she often speaks bluntly, and is shamelessly child-like and tomboy-ish. Spanning the time of about three years, the novel watched the Finch girl change and mature, making the book much like a bildungsroman. As the book progresses, Scout finds herself confused and questioning why the world is such a wicked place; her main experience being the injustice of Maycomb court’s final ruling of the Tom Robinson trial. Mr. Robinson, a chivalrous, black man, and accused of raping a young, white lady, was given a death sentence, riding only on the word of the young lady and her white, drunkard father, Bob Ewell. No clear evidence was given. Perturbed, Scout began to realize just how discriminatory and arbitrary the world is. Although Bob Ewell had won “his” case, during the trial Atticus Finch, Scout’s father and a Maycomb County lawyer, had humiliated him. As an indignant, spiteful, and cowardly drunk, Bob attacked both Scout and Jem on the road one evening. What had Scout or Jem done to him?! Fueled by emotion and a little help from some alcohol, evil had engulfed Mr. Ewell like an inferno, provoking him to attempt murder; killing the
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel about a girl named Scout and her family during the course of three summers. The story takes place in Alabama in the 1930s during the Great Depression and segregation. Scout’s father Atticus defends a black man named Tom in a rape case against a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Tom’s character teaches us readers about courage in many ways. He displays real courage by speaking his mind while in court. Tom also demonstrates courage by standing up for himself throughout the trial. Lastly, Tom shows us readers real courage when he does what he think is right when he attempts to escape from prison. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson displays to us readers what real courage is.
Have you ever had any emotional or physical struggles in your life that sometimes made you feel as if though you were caged and unable to achieve your goal? To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a historical fiction novel told in the eyes of a young girl named Scout as her father, Atticus Finch , a lawyer in the 1950’s in Alabama, is burdened with the task of defending a black man, Tom Robinson, of harming a white girl, Mayella Ewell. “Caged Bird”
Father, lawyer, and friend, the gentlemanly Atticus Finch hopes to shape the character of his children. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is the story of the childhood of a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Throughout the book, Scout’s father, Atticus, tries his best to raise her and her brother, Jem, the right way as a single parent. To Kill a Mockingbird exemplifies the way the character of Atticus Finch either uses ritual or abandons it in order to develop certain character qualities within his children. He specifically focuses on the development of honesty, courage, and humility.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story. Even though Scout displayed innocence but still was excluded from games with Dill and Jem because of her gender, Harper Lee did not intend for her to be perceived as a Mockingbird. On the contrary, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are portrayed as mockingbirds, birds recognized for their innocence but also targeted.
One of the most prominent character traits that Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem is honesty. During the Robinson case, Atticus utilizes, yet also intentionally abandons, the rituals that he follows in his daily life in order to make the real truth of the case known to Judge Taylor, the jury, and the crowd. When interrogating Mayella Ewell about the abuse she experienced, readers are able to see that he acts like a gentleman, which is a ritual he follows daily, and tries to show her that he wants the real truth out of her, not what Mr. Ewell forces her to say. The Harvard Law Review “Being Atticus Finch” expands on this idea, saying, “He is friendly and polite to a fault, but Mayella is right to be suspicious: as his cross-examination of her soon reveals, his affability is also part of his professional technique. It is intended to disarm her, to put her
To Kill a Mockingbird is an important text worthy of all the recognition it received in the time following its original publication.