The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them.
In the book many blacks and whites march together around the country,“If politics and controversy make strange bedfellows, none were ever any stranger than those made by Scottsboro. In a time when institutionalized segregation was the norm across the land and Communism was practically illegal, marches of blacks and whites together took place around the country. Janie Patterson, Haywood’s mother, spoke side-by-side with Ruby Bates about the evils faced by African Americans in the South and the entire nation.” This quote also proves my thesis because this quote is explaining Ruby Bates working with Haywood Patterson’s mom to stop this madness. This piece of evidence makes the reader think that justice is working with others to spread fairness to
Even though Atticus had done a convincing job of proving Tom Robinson to be innocent, he still suspected the jury would still be against Robinson because he is black. In one last desperate plea with the jury, he told the jury, “Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury” (20). Atticus stated that all men are equal under the law. All men are created equal, a phrase Atticus quoted from Thomas Jefferson in his closing remarks. Finally, he states, “A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up” (20).
When Cecil Jacobs began calling Atticus a n***** lover. Atticus replied by stating that he does defend negroes but so does every lawyer. When Scout asked why Atticus did defend negroes Atticus replied that if he didn’t defend negroes then he couldn’t face his children whom he was trying to raise to have good morales. This represents the plot because it demonstrates how hypocritical the entire county of Maycomb is. The people there claim that they raise their children to be good law abiding citizens who respect everyone then they act mean towards african americans just because of the color of their skin.
Maycomb is suffering from a lot of prejudice, and many of the people in Maycomb are, in fact racist. When Tom gets poorly accused for raping and beating a white woman and immediately goes to court. Considering the fact that he is black, he has an unfair disadvantage; people will be judging him on his race, not his alleged actions. The book takes place in the 1930s, but there is still racism around today. During Tom’s trial, the jury and the court are basing their decisions off of what Tom looks like; his skin color and not on what his actions were.
A man named Tom Robinson is an individual in society singled out because he is a black man. Society will not look past the labels to realize we are all the same.(shmoop.com) Atticus his lawyer even feels alone and misunderstood, he feels alienated to his own home. He is being discriminated against for looking past the labels to support what 's right. Tom is nothing but a compassionate husband, and father. "
The outcome of the trial itself is very different from what the children see as an obvious acquittal. After the trial, Bob Ewell spits in Atticus’s face, but Atticus stays calm. Overall, this section shows how as Atticus works to defend Tom, the children are discovering more about African-Americans and the racism they face. This racism, along with other prejudices, causes the court system to be not completely fair, despite the fact that it should be. Courts should be completely fair and just, or, as Atticus calls them, “the great levelers” (Lee 205), however, humans are fallible, and in turn, so is the court system.
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.
Boo’s harmless demeanor, Tom’s innocence, and Calpurnia’s significance do not prevent them from suffering. Seeing these acts of injustice may cause despair. Christ commands a response of love and compassion in response to persecution. Believers can find peace in the fact that God is just, and someday He will return and bring justice back to the
This topic seems to fit almost perfectly to the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Both have to deal with prejudice and racism but “To Kill A Mockingbird” is also about growing up. A theme both also have would be that fear and hatred of another person are caused by not trusting and lack of tolerance. Some examples would be that Tom Robinson wasn 't given a fair trial just because he was a person of color. People just seemed to assume that he actually raped Mayella without any evidence.
They hate me. I 'm black, they won 't let me go.” Atticus said with the most softest voice he could have and said “don 't worry i got this.” Atticus was trying his best to show the judge that Tom was innocent with all the evidence he had, but most of the town is very racist. So it 's very hard to convince anyone in the jury to be convinced that Tom did not do it.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s truly sad how ignorance is the main thing driving this inequality that blacks have to face. In one of your most famous speeches, “I Have a Dream” I realized that you addressed many important issues. One being that people still look at African Americans as lost causes.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the story is set in the 1900’s, Maycomb, Alabama. During this time there was racism in the south and segregation which separated the whites and blacks from everything. There was also the Great Depression, the whole country was poor and people living in the country had to trade and do other jobs for people to either pay them off or to buy something from them. The trial in this book is about Mayella and Bob Ewell, two white people, claiming and arguing that Tom Robinson, a black person, raped Mayella Ewell. This trial is really important because at that time in the south, white people took advantage of black people and their kindness and thought they would take that or shut up just because they were black.
To Kill A Mockingbird and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings are two novels about two females and their endeavor with racism. Although these two girls are two different skin colors they face the same very harsh world from their own point of view. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout, the main character, has a father, Atticus, and a brother, Jem, that live in the south as a family. Her father is assigned a case as a lawyer to defend a Negro man against rape, throughout that time the family is severely harassed about Atticus’s assignment.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch taught me to never be afraid to stand up for what’s right. Sometimes, what you think is the right thing to do can get you into a lot of trouble but you’re the one that’s going to have to live with yourself. For example, Atticus is a lawyer that takes on a new client, a black man named Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white woman. In Maycomb, Alabama, the people that live there are stuck in their ways and it’s one of the most racists places to live in the South.