Massa Tom Lea represents all the beliefs and values of the Rational Era because he finds truth through reason, importance through his individual self, and he believed that the idea of Patriotism grows over time. Massa Tom Lea is obviously the Devil in disguise. A rapist slave-owner who didn 't care about anyone but himself. I guess thats all that was around back in the day with most white slave-owners. He valued importance in his individual self and whoever worked for him got nothing but bad treatments.
The first one is from the point of Robert Ewell, a white man judging and accusing a black man. The second one is Tom Robinson’s, telling the whole story the way he sees it. But still there is no sure evidence that he is innocent. As Harper Lee uses specific stylistic and language devices through different characters at the trial, such as ‘’you’re a mighty good fellow, it seems-did all this for one penny?’’- Mr.Gilmer, the reader slowly starts to sympathize with Tom Robinson and sees the trial from the same point of view as the narrator (Scout Finch) In a way the author manipulates the reader with mainly the language and innocence image of Tom. When Tom comments during a conversation with Mr.Gilmer that he ‘’felt sorry for her (Mayella) ‘’ Lee then widens the vision of Tom as an innocent man with ‘‘the witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair.’’ In this part Tom Robinsons admits his sorrow for a white woman, which was in that time a theme unspeakable of.
When defending a black man in court, Atticus 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” (273). This public defense of minorities is not a seldom action for Atticus. He takes his community members and even his own family mistreating him for defending a black man on nearly a daily basis, but still does it. Due to the fact he is a modern hero, all modern heroes should exhibit this.
Ezekiel Gaytan 2/26/16 E2P8 Argumentative Essay In the courtroom the defendant relies on the lawyer to defend him prove him not guilty. A well developed speech can change the views that people have and ultimately land a deadly blow on any thought of prejudice that the court has on the defendant. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary; the definition of prejudice is an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. In Atticus’ closing argument, the prejudice against Tom Robinson is that he is black, and that any crime that he commits thus must be true, “ the evil assumption - that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings…” (Lee).This affects the possibility of Atticus proving Robinson not guilty because of the prejudice that everyone in the courtroom has against him. The case is revolving around that Tom Robinson is accused of beating and raping Mayella Ewell, the counterargument that Atticus presents shows that Mayella was beaten with the left hand, but Tom Robinson is only capable of using his right hand because his left hand was caught in a cotton gin completely disabling it.
Throughout this story, Atticus shows that he is a courageous, wise, and kind character. Atticus is presented through the story as a strong, courageous character. At the beginning of the novel, Atticus is asked by the sheriff to defend Tom Robinson, a black man that has been accused of rape. Atticus goes against the whole town and decides that he is going to do the best of his ability to make sure that he and his client win the case. He got a lot of hate by doing this because it was unlawful to defend a negro man.
As well as Tom Robinson 's unfair treatment because of the immense racism occuring at the time period and segregation still happening, there was a biased opinion towards white people and whatever they claimed, even if the claims were false. To Kill a Mockingbird” had a really big impact with the lens of African American criticism, because of Tom Robinson 's very unfair and unjustified death, even though Atticus did everything in his power, which was a lot with that incredible speech he made and proving that Tom did no such thing, he was actually a very nice young man of twenty five, was prosecuted anyhow, it impacted many people including Atticus and his children and the town i would say. This book had a major impact in many ways, and in very important way it made the audience think and reflect and have that piece of literature forever held in their hearts and maybe it left them better people or made someone discover something they didn’t know they were looking for. This book constructed a whole world a made a big revelation and engraved its roots of change for the world to see and read and
The Right Thing “Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”-Tony Blair. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch realized this very truth. When someone approached Atticus about defending a black man named Tom Robinson, Atticus had a serious decision to make. MayElla Ewell recently accused Tom of raping her, and Atticus would have to prove otherwise. In this time, white people thought of black people as lower than them and did not treat them fairly.
For me he was a fearless man as many of us who have read about that time period now that black people had not rights when compared to that of white citizens and had to endure serve brutality. But he didn’t let that discourage him as he believed that man should be judged by the colour of their skin but by their character. I follow agree with this
The author’s description of the court’s ruling was definite and expected because as Atticus explained, society is biased, therefore the court of all white men were always partisan towards voting in favor of a white man without allowing any arguments against him to sway them. Even though Tom Robinson was not guilty and Atticus had strongly proven him as an innocent who was falsely accused of rape, but because discrimination was a factor in the final judgement, the consequences in society’s prejudice consequently led to the suffering of innocent individuals like Tom Robinson who received discriminatory treatment and trial due to their race. Descriptions of southern beliefs during the time period throughout the book develop and clarify the major theme of the
If it was not for Tom Robinson being protected by Atticus, he would have died earlier than he did. One of the main reasons the mop tried to kill him was not only because of how he was accused of raping a white woman, but because he was black. Nevertheless, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was a great book with a very interesting plot and lots of great themes that really improve the plot, consequently, one of them being racism. Racism was seen throughout the book from the trial, or from when the African Americans were treated with the least respect, or when the people tried to kill Tom Robinson before his
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.
The Little Rock Nine endured, death threats, mental and physical beatings, fear, anger, and so much more just to prove that blacks are equal to whites and that they should be treated equally. In the end, they persevered and made a name not just for themselves, but for the black community. In “Remember the Titans”, the team surpassed racial boundaries to come together and win as a team. The black players could have easily quit because it was hard and they didn’t want to deal with the white players,
Nativist sentiment pushed many to violate the rights of blacks. The defeat of the confederates in the South was not only devastating to the landscape and people, but also to the morals of the people. Carpetbaggers and scalawags served as “living reminders of military defeat” ("America 's Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War"). This inspired “racial prejudice as well as more measured criticisms of Reconstruction policies,” as well as the Southern states “depriv[ing] blacks of their rights to vote” in violent ways ("America 's Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War"). The ideals of Social Darwinism also gave white men another possible justification for their treatment, providing a reason for them to believe that blacks were poor and desolate because they didn’t work hard enough.
This provided an argument/statement for how the whites treated the blacks. Everywhere you go, no matter what state you are in you will see these signs everywhere. Segregating people was wrong and the black people did something about it. The devices that MLK Jr. used were logos, ethos, and pathos. “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”’(King, 1) This is an argument that made sense.
This case also upset the people, this case led to many looting acts and riots. African Americans do not believe that they are seen as the Caucasians in the eyes of the justice system. African Americans believe that the courts show favoritism when it comes whites and