Finch mainly talks about if the roles were switched as a ‘black man in a white man 's world’ white men are mainly chosen because of their complexion and believed white men hold more power. Even though Tom Robinson was innocent he still was wrongly accused, then apon going to prison Tom Robinson was later shot 17 times. One would think if he was breaking rules 1 bullet would take care of things, but 17 shots is clearly a act on hate and racism. Another quote that helps determine how Lee used Robinson to expose the truth about the justice system is, "Tom Robinson 's a colored man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world 's going to say 'We think you 're guilty, but not very ' on a charge like that.
Bob testified accusing Tom of rape, but there was a lot of evidence in the sheriff's testimony to prove that Bob was lying in his testimony, like how the sheriff said that when he heard about Bob's daughter. Bob was expected and sounded happy about it. This evidence shows that Tom is the mockingbird. His innocence is starting to be destroyed, not just by Bob but the jury, and all the white people that are just stereotyping Tom because of his color. In this next quote, this is more in depth on the town of Maycomb and how they stereotype blacks.
People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him” (Harper Lee 10). This quote helps explain that Boo is locked up because Scout and Jem, as well as most people in town, have never seen Boo inside of the house or outside of the house. They also will not meet Boo because they are scared of him. During the story they explain that when something happens in the town, Boo is to blame. This quote helps explain some of the crimes or scary acts, “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows… people’s chickens and household pets were found mutilated” (Harper Lee 10).
When Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman, accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape, Atticus takes up the trial and will represent Tom Robinson in court to help prove his innocence. The trial goes on and on and many witnesses are called to the stand but, in the end Tom Robinson loses. He is found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. The theme of “race” is brought up a lot in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, and that’s the theme to focus on. Race has been a controversial issue going back four centuries, and this novel portrays race in an unfamiliar way to others, but very familiar to Lee.
“Atticus said no, it wasn’t that sort of thing, that there were other ways of making people into ghosts.” ( Chpt. 1, p11) Atticus says this to Scout and Jem in chapter one when the children speculate about the methods of intimidation Mr. Radley used to keep Boo Radley out of sight. Jem suspects that Mr. Radley keeps Boo Radley chained to the bed most of the time. Atticus points out to the children that there are “other ways of making people into ghosts”. The children frequently question their father about the Radleys, especially Boo, the mysterious recluse from three doors down.
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is centered around a rape case that is basically the word of a black man against the word of two white people. This case directly affects the Finch family because their father, Atticus Finch, is defending the black man on trial. The setting of the story, Maycomb County, has a history of racism and the people don’t want to change. Atticus is fighting an uphill battle with the support of his family, Scout and Jem, as well as their cook and maid Calpurnia. Calpurnia is black, and she happens to be a very important and influential character in the story.
Atticus is the primary character Lee uses to show the difficulty of acting courageous as he is faced with challenge to defend Tom Robison, a black man who has been accused of rape by the Ewell family. With doubt he decided to take the case as if he was to argue, upholding his sense of justice and equality. " The main one is, if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in this town, I couldn 't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn 't even tell you or Jem not to do something again" (Lee 100). Atticus is explaining he basically would have been a hypocrite if he did not take on this case. He could have simply shown up at the court room and not do much, but that’s helpless to Tom, and no one would think less of him but
In consequence of Atticus defending the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, in a racist era, both of his children Scout and Jem get attacked by Bob Ewell. We also see Mrs. Dubose, who’s suffering from a morphine addiction, discontinue its use fully aware she will be in pain. Doing what is right is more important to her than continuing her bad habit. Not only does Boo Radley put his innocence at risk but, he also seeks more attention towards him which is not what he wants hence being excluded from society after living a miserable childhood. Courage means fighting for what is right, no matter what the cost.
He might not understood or took it personal when a white woman pushed him and said, "Come on!" Coates reacts like any parent would, but he is threaten with the police just because he is black. He is tired to experience and see these injustices. He is trapped on his own black body as well as his son. Throughout the entire letter, I feel Coates' disappointment; anger; and sadness.
If you were faced with an impossible feat would you give up or keep trying? The story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is told through a young girl named Jean Louise Finch although she is more commonly known just as Scout. The book discusses heavy, real world problems such as racism and abuse through the eyes of a young girl. Atticus shows ambition throughout the book when he stands up for Tom Robinson and battles his case out to the very end. The first time we see the ambition of Atticus is on page 195.