Can a fictional novel be a symbolic representation of the horrors of real life society? In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch is a little girl in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama who is telling her adventurous story from when she was a child. The novel takes place in the 1930’s in a town where everybody knows everybody and has deep rooted Southern values. Throughout the story, Scout, her brother Jem, and their best friend Dill grow up and deal with everything that is thrown at them. They soon have bigger problems than rude teachers or peculiar neighbors when Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus, takes a case defending a black man accused of rape.
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.
Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell. Atticus, Scout’s father, accepts the case and faces many dilemmas. Even faced with these predicaments from the Ewells and other families in town, Atticus and his family are still ranked high
Bob Ewell is a drunken father of the family. In the part two of the book, Tom Robinson, a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The social norm of this time was to respect whites, and treat blacks differing. Therefore, it was a sin for Tom to disrespect Mayella. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and respected white man fought for Tom and bravely tried as his lawyer.
Rosewood ‘Rosewood’ is the story of how ‘white trash’ from Sumner used a white woman’s lie to destroy a whole town, including the events that took place during their reign of terror. The black residents of Rosewood are depicted as having virtues like thriftiness, hard working, loyalty, high morals and self-control. Sylvester Carrier wears a tie and owns a piano. When two white men make sexual comments to his sisters, he speaks to them and asks them to respect the women. The white men regard Sylvester as ‘uppity.’ “How dare he think he or his sisters are equals.” is their mentality.
Tom Robinson was a good man who was target for a crime he was completely innocent of, raping a white women. Despite the woman, Mayella Ewell, having had made the advances on Tom he had such a little chance of not being convicted because of his race. After he was convicted he was later shot later in the novel whilst trying to escape. Even within the novel, Lee calls Tom similar to a Mockingbird through Mr. Underwood’s editorial “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (Lee 244). Boo Radley is also considered a mockingbird in the novel because he as well was subject to cruelty and injustice despite having done nothing wrong.
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”.
This just shows that Bob was trying to get back at Atticus for trying to defend a black man against him and his daughter in court. Mr. Ewell was furious and took his rage out on two children that weren’t as near as strong as he was. So, in the end everyone realizes that Atticus was right to stand up for Tom Robinson. Although Atticus did possess great power at the end of the book, he didn’t have this power in the beginning when basically all the odds were against him. “ ‘You know what we want,’ another man said.
Why is it a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird The mockingbird sings to entertain the listener, it is also a symbol of peace. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because it doesn't hurt anyone and is innocent. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie said, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103).
It all started when the town of Alabama found itself the spot of the trial of Tom Robison, a black young man who is falsely accused of beating and raping a young woman. Atticus becomes Tom’s lawyer and proves that Tom did not commit this crime that he is accused of yet the juries still blame him for this crime. And while he tries to escape prison for this false accusation he gets shot and