No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards," (pg. 208). Atticus helped Tom Robinson even though his life and the lives of his children were threatened and he was able to get the judge to consider letting Tom go free. Atticus is treated poorly because the actions he chooses to take go against the cultural norms of his society. Atticus fights for justice and tries to serve as a role model for his children even when he is
In the 1930’s, racism, classism, and prejudice became more evident in people’s everyday lives. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, she demonstrates this sore subject in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama. Lee presents Maycomb as a southern town, bursting with gossip and encompasses the traits of a one-sided community. Overall, Maycomb despises the African American race and refuses to treat them as equals because of their skin color. However, Lee created the main characters, Jem, Scout, and Atticus, to be different.
“mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy” (Lee 93). One of the examples of good vs evil in this story is Tom Robinson’s court case with Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson is a black man named who is accused for a crime of raping and beating Mayella Ewell even though he just helped her with household chores. In the book Tom was seen as a bad figure for most of the book even though he was just a caring, harmless person. You can say many mockingbirds die in today’s reality, but it is the innocent that suffer the most often.
Although they are white, their poverty and bad reputation made their social status just a step above the black people. Bob Ewell is alcoholic and abusive, but he still wants to improve his family’s situation as a father. However, the fact that "he was the only man ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness" (Lee 78) proves that he isn 't willing to earn it. But in accusing Tom Robinson, he finds what he believes is a brass ring. From his perspective, the town should think him as a hero for saving Maycomb 's white women from a ‘dangerous’ black man.
Because Tom is African American, Atticus and his family are tormented by the town. Even through all the racism in To Kill a Mockingbird, un-prejudice acts of courage are shown throughout the book. Like how Martin Luther King peacefully started the movement to end segregation, characters Walter Cunningham, who
People that are different from the main crowd of society are often viewed as outcast of society. They don’t choose to be outcast but they chosen as outcasts by society. In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird there are many outcast, including Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and Mr. Dolphus. These castaways aren’t accepted by the rest of the town because of their looks or the way they act. Boo Radley is boy that lives across the street from main character of the book, Scout Finch.
They saw them as mistakes and was not afraid to fight to show that blacks were less in their minds. Although, Atticus did disagree he was shamed by others because he was supportive of a black man getting the same rights as a white man. Even Atticus’s family is getting grief from the case, “Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger- lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again” (Lee, 110). It shows how many people stubborn enough to ignore the idea of Atticus supporting a black man that was highly most likely
What is the importance of the character of Mrs Dubose in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’? In To Kill A Mockingbird, Mrs Dubose is shown to have the same narrow mindset as the majority of the town. This can be seen when Mrs Dubose is on her porch and ranting to Jem and Scout about how from the towns perspective, Atticus is seen negatively. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for’”
However, in Champion of the World, there is clearly tension between the black community and white community as slavery had recently been abolished. Furthermore, paragraph 16 displays that felonies have continued to be committed on the black populous by white people. To add on, paragraph 17 mentions black people are considered to be only a bit higher than apes, which shows a negative relationship between the races. Finally, the messages of both texts are clearly contrasting. In Fish Cheeks, the message is about shame, as evident by Amy not enjoying foods she likes, and her mother's message to her.
Trash of Maycomb County, is what the Ewell family was considered primarily because their property looked like trash, and they looked like trash as well. The quote, “He thought he’d be a hero, but all he got for his pain was… okay, we’ll convict this Negro, but get back to your dump (Doc E), shows that even though Mayella was able to lock up an innocent black man convicted, her family was still considered the lowest in class of the town. Mayella is socially secluded to the point that she has never been addressed with respect. She wants to change her situation, nut she is powerless to do so. She is a prisoner of her class and lacks the power to leave her
The author has symbolically, yet vividly described to the readers the socio economic conditions of the black community. In spite of being intelligent and wise, they were never good enough to enjoy an equal status in society. This is seen when the author wrote about the audience 's reaction when the protagonist says the words social equality during his speech," Sounds of displeasure filled the room. They shouted hostile phrases at me"(Ellis). The African-Americans were looked down upon and had to shed their own blood, kill their own fellow-men, face humiliation, and had to be ready to accept whatever was tossed to them.
Tom Robinson is a mockingbird in that he doesn't do one thing wrong. All he does is provide help to the people he interacts with. That is exactly how he got in trouble. Tom Robinson was helping Mayella with some chores. He was humming a melody and when he chopped up the dresser drawers.
According to the book To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, I believe Tom Robinson is innocent. The crime that Tom Robinson is getting charged for is that he had raped Mayella Ewell. There are many reasons of why I believe Tom Robinson is not guilty. For instance, Tom Robinson’s left arm was not strong enough nor working, so he didn’t have the strength to do what Mr. Ewell and Mayella said he did. One reason why it is believed that Mayella was raped was because she had said, “I said come here nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me” (Lee 241).
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a worldwide sensation and one of the highest sellers in the world, published in 1960 with immediate success. The plot if the story is based on the 10-year-old author’s (Scout) observations of her family and people in Maycomb, Alabama. The novel is well known for its subtle humour and warmth, along with the severe issues of rape and ethnic inequality. Throughout the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, set in the 1930’s the different social classes are clearly defined from a person’s features, such as a person’s skin colour, their work place or someone’s financial earnings. The finch family start at the top of the hierarchy, then general townspeople, the Cunningham family is and at the bottom are the Ewells.
I am questioning why the Ewell family would lie. Bob lied because he wants Tom Robinson, a kind African American man, to be blamed for his crimes instead of him. Bob Ewell lied in court for these three main reasons. He was the one who actually beat and raped his daughter Mayella. He is known as the town drunk and we he has too much to drunk he gets angry and very violent.