In the South, it was very rare for anyone, especially, during his era to represent and understand that colored people and every type of person deserved equality. Atticus represented Tom Robinson, an African American male, who was said to of raped a white woman. Even though, the whole town of Maycomb resented and malignantly talked about Atticus and his family for his actions. Consequently, Atticus was bashed for representing Tom, and his children often got into confrontations with other Maycomb residents, and even fights. However, Atticus knew the consequences of acting upon this case and that it was only right to represent Tom as his attorney, for Tom had rights to have someone appointed to represent him in court.
And then I ain't gonna say no more. He took advantage of me. An' if you fine, fancy gentlemen ain't gonna do nothin' about it, then you're just a bunch of lousy, yella, stinkin' cowards, the - the whole bunch of ya, and your fancy airs don't come to nothin'. Your Ma'am'in' and your Miss Mayellarin' - it don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch, not... no.” These quote shows that Mayella spoke the truth, because her father is saying the same thing; "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my
Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout’s father, was appointed as a lawyer to help defend Tom Robinson, a struggling black man who was framed for abusing Mayella Ewell. Mayella Ewell is teenage girl who is actually abused by her drunk father, Bob Ewell. Along with these characters are Dolphus Raymond, the man who everybody believes is drunk but is really just hiding from judgement because he likes the presence of black people, and Dill, Jem and Scout’s friend who accompanies the two on their adventures.
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. Body Paragraph #1 Topic Sentence #1: Tom Robinson, a black man convicted of rape, was an example of à Mockingbird because he was targeted even though he was innocent. Integrated Evidence #1: After the town of Maycomb found out about the tragic killing of Tom Robinson, “[Mr. Underwood] likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children”(Lee 323) in an editorial.
Many people in the South believed that African Americans were not as good as white people. They believed that African Americans lied and were not to be trusted. Atticus states in To Kill a Mockingbird, “you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption--the evil assumption--that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women.” (Lee, 208) People thinking negative about African Americans like that could have easily affected the way Lee thought of African Americans. The lynchings that happened in the South are another
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.
In the end of everything, only Clarence Norris was successful in the north, “He wanted the world to know that he was an innocent man. He had a responsibility now to make sure that the world understood that those nine defendants in 1931 were innocent and that it was racism, only racism, that in fact forced them to spend all those years in prison,” (Scottsboro). The difference between Tom Robinson and the Scottsboro boys was faith. The Scottsboro boys waited for their freedom and after years were finally freed, but Tom Robinson had no faith in Atticus’ appeal so he committed suicide. Another difference found is how Clarence Norris proved to the world that he was innocent.
In To Kill A Mockingbird they make it a struggle for the jury to choose the right decision of who’s guilty and innocent, or the skin color in which they like or dislike. Mayella lies about Tom Robinson because of her bad decisions she’s made. A decision Mayella has made was just having Tom Robinson doing work for her. She should know better that it wouldn’t settle well with her father. After Mayella had Tom help her get rid of items, she began to like Tom.
In To Kill A Mockingbird main characters Jem and Scout were left confused when Tom Robinson was convicted for a crime he clearly didn’t commit. Most people were taught that no matter what a white man’s word should be believed over a black
In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, why must an honorable black man die for a white man’s actions? The book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, takes place in the 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus Finch, father to Jem and Scout, has been assigned a legal case to defend a black man. Tom, the black man, was accused of raping a white woman, Mayella. The story is about how his kids, Jem and Scout, live during this time, and everything Atticus does to fight for Tom.
And couldn’t go to church knowing he didn’t try his best to defend Tom. Knowing he will lose the case because he is black, Atticus knows Tom is innocent and still tries his best to defend him at his best ability. In this story, stereotypes are a big part of it. The racism of the whites towards the blacks give unfair vibes. The theme changes the characters by causing them to judge each other based on their skin color and reputation.