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.
Handed a case with black man, Tom Robinson, he had to make a choice. To Kill A Mockingbird represents going against the majority by the case of Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping and beating a young girl. Atticus took his case, despite him being a black man, and his entire town and family against it. His town hated the fact that an honourble lawyer defend a black man, and his family thought it would ruin the family name by doing so.
We all have those feelings of fear at some point or another. In the essay “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples we see a good perspective of fear when he ends up in a few situations where he feels his life could be at stake. Staples should have been fearful at this time in his life because of the stories he sees of black men being mistaken and dragged from their cars and, the way he sees people react to him as he walks down the street being a black man himself. This sense of fear could possibly affect his American Dream. Staples is fearful because he is a black male in the late seventies and early eighties where people looked at them differently as if they were bad people, even though staples is as any other american working towards his dream.
The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book. But judging a person by its race is the main reason why in the past we had these racist issues.
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
During the trial, Tom Robinson tells Atticus that he ran out of the Ewells’ house when he saw Mr. Bob Ewell. Atticus asks him why he ran and Tom replies, “Mr. Finch, if you was a n***** like me, you’d be scared, too” (195). Tom knows that he will be unjustly accused of committing the sexual assault due to his race. This is because Mayella’s word will be taken over his because the people of Maycomb would believe a white woman’s sworn testimony over that of a black man, even if it was not credible. They will believe the worst from an African American.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee answers this question. The main characters in this book are two kids named Jem and Scout, as well as their father named Atticus. The book takes place in the 1930’s when segregation and racial injustice were prominent. Therefore, when Atticus is appointed to defend a African American man, named Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman, it is a big deal. The kids learn alot about racial, injustice, and lying during the court case.
Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth.” Scout understands that, despite evidence of the contrary, the white jury will believe a white person instead of a black person"(Champion). Even though Tom was innocent just because he wasn 't white he was set to die the moment he stepped into the courtroom. If people saw past his skin color and actually looked at the evidence. Tom would 've been a free man and wouldn 't have had to die.
When people around the town found out that Atticus was going to help Tom Robinson in court, they began to call him racist names and to disrespect him as if he was African American. The children of Atticus were verbally abused, being called names as their father was. “That evening a mob went to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson, and it looked as if they would toss Atticus aside if they had to.” (Lee, 278). Right after Tom Robinson’s trial as he was in jail, a mop came and tried to kill him.
Racism, or hating another person simply because of the color of their skin, is wrong. It has been a problem in our country a very long time. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell, a white man, accused Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping his daughter. Because Tom was black, and the people in Maycomb, Ala., were racists, Tom did not have a chance of getting a fair trial. I strongly disagree with Bob Ewell and his racist ways.
They find a ball of gray twine, chewing gum, a spelling bee medal and an old pocket watch. Also she thinks that Boo Radley has been leaving the treasures in the tree. 21. The next day they see that the tree is plugged with cement. I think that Mr. Nathan Radley told the children that the tree was dying so that way the children wouldn’t think he did it because he didn’t want them to get any more presents from the tree.
This amazing essay is on the differences and the similarities of the wonderful book To Kill a Mockingbird and the spectacular movie The Help. To Kill a Mockingbird was based in the 1930’s when they had just made the dreadful slavery of blacks and colored people illegal. The Help was in the 1960s and the colored people have had right for a few decades now but they still faced discrimination, prejudice people, and racism everyday.
In the story To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it displays how many racial issues occurred in the southern part of the country during the 1930’s. An example being when Tom Robinson who is a innocent black man who is being accused of assault against Mayella Ewell. At the courthouse, every witness stated that Tom Robinson raped Mayella Ewell on November 21st and punched her in her right eye. But, Tom Robinson can’t use his left arm so there was no possible way that Tom Robinson punched Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch attempts to prove Tom Robinson’s innocence by using strong, emotional appeals to convince the jury.
In Harper Lee’s novel To kill a Mockingbird she show the significance of protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Tom Robinson is an african-american man who needs protection because he lives in Maycomb, Alabama and white people think that he is lesser than they are and that all african-americans lie. Arthur Radley or Boo is a recluse and a hermit. He need to be defended because he is not social, he stays inside his house all day and is made fun of by everyone in Maycomb. Scout Finch is the daughter of Atticus and is a young child.
In the novel to kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the author reveals different aspects of southern society in the early 1930’s, where the Great Depression reigned, creating hate and empowering segregation of black communities. The story is based on the trial of a black folk, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white women. He is defended by Atticus Finch, a lawyer in Maycomb County; father of Jem and Scout. The evolution of Jem into a world of injustice is clearly remarkable. Throughout the novel, he changes into a more mature and understanding body as he learns to live with different kind of people in multiple events.