In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has many themes but none more evident than the losses and suffering of innocent people. For example, Mayella Ewell expiriences this theme as she is forced by her father to go along with the false accusation of rape comitted by Tom Robinson. As stated by Atticus Finch it wasn’t Tom but Mayella who committed this, "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.” (271). Mayella jumped on Tom and Tom couldn’t defend himself because he could hurt her.
His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
Interracial relationships were frowned upon in Maycomb, and if word gets out that a white woman tried to seduce a black man, God knows how the people would react. Even before the trial began, a group of white men went to the prison were Tom Robinson was being held, with hopes of killing him, probably thinking that killing him would mean that he wouldn't be able to reveal what happened, thus protecting the reputation of the Ewell’s and, more importantly, the white community as a whole. Also during the trial, Tom Robinson openly stated that he felt “sorry” for her, which was a mistake. When he said that he felt “sorry” for her, he, indirectly and unintentionally, made it seem as if he thought he was above her, which wasn't the case. In the movie, you could tell by the uneasiness of the white audience that they felt shocked, disgusted even, that a black man, who they considered to be the equivalent of a dog (or worse), would ever dare pity a white woman.
Yes, some police officers are not going to like black people it does not mean all police officers hate blacks. They shot and arrest people of every ethnicity not just the blacks. This issue has been here for decades and if we do not pay attention it is just going to continue and remain one of the
Helen was given a job by Link Deas. Helen was so affected by racism, that when she walked on the sidewalk, Helen tried so hard to avoid being seen by Bob Ewell. Helen was afraid of Bob because he would follow her and yell mean things at her. Bob Ewell is showing favoritism to his race because his family believes they are better than black people. In the book, there are many African-Americans discriminated because they are black.
This idea of otherness as an inner compulsion changed the conception of ‘Cultural identity’. Therefore, this research article on “Cultural Hybridity in Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose” explores the vivid picture of the life and struggles of the African American slaves in the bicultural American
Dubose stereotypes the Negroes. She says they are low and dirty creatures. Her and the rest of the town put Atticus in that category. He is stereotyped with the Negroes because he is defending one of them in court. In the towns eyes he is just as bad as the Negroes.
Both show that things shouldn't be judged until you have information about them, if judged at all. People will continue to be judged and stereotyped as long as the world lasts even though it's not right. The statement “don’t judge a book by its cover” will continue to be a guideline for people, however not all are willing to actually do it. The theme was around during the time of the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” and is still around today. People need be educated to help understand that people are different and should be accepted for who they
For Jem Finch, the pivotal moment in his maturation and new understanding of the world’s unfairness is his reaction after he receives the verdict of Tom Robinson’s trial. When Jem cries at Tom Robinson’s trial, he is exemplifying that he is understanding what is going on in the adult world around him. Jem was compelled to cry because he understood that the jury’s verdict was unfair and that they determined Tom guilty because he was black. As he cries he mutters to himself “it’ ain’t right,” as
The police jumped into action and treated this case with urgency. The type of injustice that this conflict displayed was distributive injustice. Distributive injustice “is concerned with the criteria that lead you to feel you received a fair outcome” (Deutsch, 2007, p. 44). I believe in most cases involving black people the news make the police out to be bad guys. The most recent cases with the killing of African American males will make you think that the police don’t care about Blacks.
Victims of color rarely get their accomplishments broadcasted by the media. Instead the media broadcasts criminal records or other troubling aspects from their past. This sends the message that when it’s partially the victim 's fault that a bad thing happend to them. For example after the tragic death of mike brown they depicted him as “no angel” while eagerly looking for a reason why the unarmed teenager deserved to die. “Studies show implicit biases lead many of us to see innocent Black children as guilty adults (Johnson).” The media tends to depict young victims of colour as older than they actually are.