In the South of the United States in the 1930´s, the justice system was very unfair towards colored people. Colored people that were sent to court could not receive a fair trial because of the prejudice and racism from the jury. This happened all the time, especially in Maycomb Alabama. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a colored man named Tom Robinson was convicted of assaulting a white woman just because of the color of his skin. Tom Robinson should have been found not guilty for many reasons.
Harper Lee is a famous American author. Lee grew up during the age of the economic crisis knows as The Great Depression. As she grows up her writing reflects her own life. Her famous novel To Kill A Mockingbird is a world-wide known book. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the setting takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during The Great Depression.
However, because all of the fantasies that the people may or may not have made up, the reader never could get a feeling of what Boo Radley was really like. Halfway through the book, you finally get a hint that Boo was not really the evil person that was described. Instead, he was nice enough to put a blanket over Scout Finch’s shoulders during a neighbor’s house fire. Later, after Tom Robinson’s trial, Jem Finch finally understood why Boo was staying inside his house. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all the time .
Atticus really wants people to understabd that even though Tom is a Black he as equal as everyone else in that courtroom. Atticus specifically says, “ But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal …..”-Atticus Finch. The jury has left for a couple hours and is now back. Are you ready to find out the verdict? The verdict is Tom Robinson is guilty.
Atticus decides to take the case in defending a black person, something nobody in the town would have done. Most of the residents of Maycomb do not believe in equality and have hatred towards black people. If an African-American is charged for committing a crime, he is automatically believed to be guilty because of their skin color. Atticus says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (39). To clarify, Atticus took the case because he believes there is a chance of Tom being innocent.
Boo Radley, an innocent man who hasn’t been seen in years, is someone who is significantly affected by these stereotypes. This is displayed in the quote,“Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him” (Lee 9). Boo Radley is derived to be an evil person even though very few, if any, people have ever seen him. The people of Maycomb place stereotypes on him from stories and allow their imagination to make false accusations.
Him hiding away makes people think he’s evil and scary. “Every night sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified threefold; every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge…” Tom has a physical handicap. He is unable to use his left hand. This handicap forces him to work even harder to take care of his family. These handicaps cause more damage by how the townspeople view them.
Boo gains curiosity as a result of watching Jem and Scout, and eventually, he has to surmount his shyness to help them. Boo Radley displays the most courage throughout the novel for the following reasons: Boo reaches out anonymously to Jem and Scout despite his shyness; He saves Jem and Scout’s lives
Especially poorer whites feared that, following Claudia Johnson argumentation, the “breakdown of the class and, especially racial boundaries” (“Threatening Boundaries” 4) would deteriorate their standard of living, which is the case in Maycomb’s society as especially the family of the victim is considered “white trash” (Lee 33). 3.1.1 Social Coexistence Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird is segregated in its diverse class stratification and reflects the social, economic and political atmosphere in the United States at that time. The wealth belongs to a small white upper class, the rest is divided into different classes and increments, but poor whites feel they are in competition with blacks for a decent living and the whites-only advantage was their skin color. Generally, there is the idea that segregation results in discrimination, but Deborah Kenn argues that “indeed, discrimination is one of the most powerful enforces for segregation” (2). This discrimination starts with the low income of blacks, followed by housing prizes and segregated education.
. it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (304) Jem realizes that with all the hate in the world Boo probably stays inside to avoid all of that and just wants some peace. At this point the readers view on Boo Radley has change from a psychopathic mad man to a kind boy who secretly cares for Jem and Scout. The next and final change in the readers view of Boo happen when he finally come outside of his house and openly meet the children for the first time in the story. This happens at the very end of the book when Jem and Scout are walking back for a school play and are attacked by Bob Ewell.