“I’ve always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It’s the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one. ”(Clint Eastwood) In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, this quote reigns true for many reasons. The book starts as a family and friend oriented community, but its true colors show when Atticus Finch takes on a black mans trial.
Do you feel sorry for him or does he get what he deserves? What does it tell you about how upper class southerners treated slaves? The preacher is the least sympathetic character in the entire story. He literally has no redeeming value as a human being, though he does provide value as a plot device.
After the funeral and public outcry had somewhat dies down the trial for his murder would begin , all involved admitted to different parts of the story some to the kidnapping others to the beating and also the discarding of Emmett 's body . All were known to the community to be of lesser education perhaps a certain class and rough . There was no denying they kidnapped and beat him or even murdered him but piecing it together was difficult and ultimately the prosecution could adequately prove a case in a southern state that was known for its dislike of what they believed to be a black young man stepping out of his place and speaking forwardly to a white woman . Some thought that Mr.Bryant acted out of defense for his wife 's position and his manhood that if he hadn 't done something that he would look foolish . It would have been very hard to convict case ,the jury would have been saturated with personal opinion and prejudice false truths and ignorant ways .
Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores. She later on tells the readers that it was false allegations. The reason why she didn 't tell the truth at her first trial was because, Mayella was afraid of being embarrassed because she kissed a black male. She rather have an innocent man get charged with a crime than that. “However, Robinson was transferred from the state prison to Maycomb 's county jail on Saturday, two days before he stood trial on Monday, and Atticus had to defend him against a lynch mob”.
On Monday August 26th, Tom Robinson was found guilty of rape and sentenced to death. This verdict came after a long day in the Maycomb county court. Mr. Atticus Finch represented Mr. Robinson; however, the testimonies provided by Miss Mayella Ewell and Mr. Bob Ewell left the jury with this guilty verdict for Mr. Robinson. A first-hand witness for the prosecution, Mr. Bob Ewell, says he is more than relieved to see the defendant sentenced to death.
In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has many themes but none more evident than the losses and suffering of innocent people. For example, Mayella Ewell expiriences this theme as she is forced by her father to go along with the false accusation of rape comitted by Tom Robinson. As stated by Atticus Finch it wasn’t Tom but Mayella who committed this, "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.” (271).
Do race, class, and gender really aaffect a rape case? In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, a white woman named mayella accused tom robinson for rape. Tom robinson is an african american man, this also takes place when the Jim Crow laws were still put into play, this adds on to how mayella has power. Of course this comes from the book To Kill a Mockingbird, But it is a serios case to talk about. Int this essay i will explain to you why I think mayella ewell has power.
In the 1930’s, in Maycomb, Alabama a small town is alerted with rape charges, from Mayella, who an African American, Tom Robinson is guilty for. Tom Robinson is not as powerful as he thinks when he takes the stand to plead not guilty, is he really?Mayella does take the stand and plead not guilty, Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, tells us that her class, race, and gender find her not guilty. In general,... ”White people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs;Ewells negro neighbors wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she was white”("DBQ: IS Mayella Powerful?" 21)…
The boys received bad legal representation, rushed trials, and all-white juries. The first time the boys were tried in court all but one of them was found guilty and sentenced to death. At the time a death sentence was a common punishment given to black men for any crime. Eight of the nine boys were sentenced to death even after medical evidence had proved that they had not raped the women on the train. The case was then appealed and retried for the Alabama Supreme Court.
The Tom Robinson and Eric Garner cases show what happens when there are racist motives in play. Eric Garner was choked to death when the officer should have let go. Tom Robinson was guilty, even with clear evidence that he was innocent. When trying to escape prison, Robinson was shot excessively 17 times. The officer who held the chokehold on Garner was proven innocent, even though it is a banned to use a chokehold for any officer.
The Klu-Klux-Klan was a white supremacist group that opposed “Reconstruction” and equal rights for freed slaves (Hook Exercise). They, to my standards, really would do whatever it takes to stop Reconstruction, even if it meant killing innocent people for that. John W. Stephens, a former senator from Caswell, was brutally murdered by none other than the Klu-Klux-Klan in a Grand Jury room (Doc. A Par.1). John W. Stephens was stabbed five to six times then even hanged on a hook in the same jury room.
Then some people thought that Tom was innocent but the judge decided to make Tom go to prison. In the book it said that Mayella hugged and kissed Tom on the cheek. From this I can infer that Mayella is desperate and can get away with this because Tom Robinson is a black person. This reminds me of a couple southern movies I’ve watched where black people are always the first to suspect because of their color. Tom Robinson on trial for his life said Bob Ewell yelled “whore I’ll kill you” when he saw Mayella kiss Tom from the window.
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.
Even though “rape is capital offense in Alabama,” (293) meaning the prosecuted will be sentenced to death, the children could not believe the jury has sentenced a guiltless man to death. According to Atticus, it is a sad truth that an accused African-American has never won a court case and “when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins,” (295). Although it is a sad truth, Atticus believes
The Scottsboro Boys Accused of a crime they didn’t commit, nine African American boys in 1931 were given death sentences for raping two white girls on a train coming through Scottsboro, Alabama. The youngest boy convicted in what is later known as the Scottsboro Boys trail was the one to hold the trial in a hung jury in a white trial. This trial was an important trail in America because it showed that the courts were racist towards African Americans by convicting them of crimes they didn’t do, listening to two stories’ to convict nine men and giving them harsh punishments. Nine African American men were hopping trains to find work and start a new life, but they got stop when two white men started a fight, that some of the nine men broke