Despite race discrimination around the world, there are still people who overcome and persevere through these challenges - often at great risk to themselves. During the 1930s, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, a small town called Maycomb held a trial against an innocent African American man accused of raping a Caucasian woman. The reader experiences life in Maycomb through the eyes of ten year old girl name Jean-Louise Finch, Scout. In this case, Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, was assigned to be the lawyer for the accused, Tom Robinson. However, Atticus has integrity and tries his best for Tom even if his own life is at risk.
(Ch.16, Pg.168) Mr. Raymond acted as if he was drunk so he that he wouldn't need to explain to anyone his love for a black woman. The alcohol, he said, gave the community of Maycomb a reason to say, he didn't realize what he was doing. These kind of relations were completely unheard of during this time. Aunt Alexandra demonstrates discrimination, even against her own race, when she refused to allow Scout to have Walter Cunningham over for
He accused Mister Robinson of raping his daughter because he saw him doing something with his daughter, but he did not hear Tom’s side of the story he only wanted to think in his own way. He used his preconceptions about black people to judge the black man, even if the man was innocent. I would never accuse an innocent man if I knew he was innocent, but if I knew he was guilty I would take him to court in the hopes of him being locked up for the rest of his
To Kill A Mockingbird has always been looked upon as an instant classic because of its very important themes dealing with race during the 1930 's Alabama, a time where racism was rampant all across the United States especially in the southern states. The film itself, based on the popular and timely novel by Harper Lee, was released in 1962 which was during the civil rights movement. Some critics called this film an innocent film because of the time it was released. It was released back when people were more relaxed, but in the fifty years since then, society has gotten more uptight due to everything that has been going on. Despite a loss of innocence, this is a fantastic movie that has very important themes, even by today 's standards.
With the Tom Robinson case, most people in Maycomb Alabama believe he reaped Mayella because Mayella and her dad said he did. During those times in History, A girl could say and African American raped her and the case would automatically be taken to court. The whole town thinks African Americans are less equal to White people. Atticus feels that all. “Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal ....This institution, gentlemen, is a court .... in our courts all men are created equal" (209).
Mayella has worked to be a respectable woman, but many things hold her back: her dad, her looks, and her personality. Being a woman and living the way she does, Mayella’s life is ignoble, but the way she treats people makes her deserve the life she has been given. For example, Mayella forces a man to lie, which results in her flaws come around to hurt her, and her to not qualify for a chance to be respected. During Tom’s trial, Tom said, “...scared I’d hafta face up to what I didn’t do.” (page 265), and that’s because Mayella indirectly took an innocent man’s life, which makes her personality even more unattractive. Although women are treated very unequally, some women, like Mayella, don’t deserve to be treated
Despite many attempts by prominent social figures to weaken it, prejudice and racism is deeply ingrained in society. In To Kill a Mockingbird, which takes place during the Great-Depression era of Alabama, racism is a main point of debate. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the setting, character’s tone, and Scout’s narration so that the audience can understand racism and change their attitude about it. The story centers on the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. The setting in the fictional town, combined with the tone given by many characters and Scout’s innocent and unbiased narration.
He shows tolerance for other races and cultures and believes that those who walk this earth are all equals. Atticus proves his beliefs by running to court and defending an African American man in a rape case. Mayella Ewell proclaimed that Tom Robinson raped her despite definitive evidence showing that it was a prevarication. Atticus knew this, but still knew that he would lose the shell due to it being the word of a white man versus a dark adult male. He resolved to proceed with the event anyway and used up on enormous quantities of hatred for his activities.
Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards," (pg. 208). Atticus helped Tom Robinson even though his life and the lives of his children were threatened and he was able to get the judge to consider letting Tom go free. Atticus is treated poorly because the actions he chooses to take go against the cultural norms of his society.
The climax of this story is a rape trial that involves a Negro, Tom Robinson, and a white woman, Mayella Ewell. In the court’s eyes’ her power is clear, but is she that powerful? Because of her vulnerability as a woman and a very low-class status, she’s powerless, but her privilege as a white person in a racist society is very powerful. Mayella is powerless because of her gender. In the trial, it’s revealed that Mayella is physically, verbally, and sexually abused by her father.
Women today, though they have more rights than in the 1800’s, are still not in the place we need to be in ranking with men. Women are still abused, sexually harassed and mistreated more than men because of their sex. They are seen as lesser, despite making up 51 percent of America’s population. And the misogyny and discrimination is not just in the United States; it happens in many other countries as well. Girls, underage and innocent, can be married off to an older man without their consent in Iraq since child marriage has been legalized in October of 2013
In the town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, a young woman by the name of Mayella Ewell sets the town in commotion by accusing an African American man with rape. Mayella will be powerful like a hurricane when she is in court in front of the judge, the jury, and the community. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee will show Mayella’s power by using class, race, and gender. Mayella’s class is not efficient, but she can still be powerful. In Document A it said “The Ewells live behind the town’s dump, in what used to be an old Negro cabin...It’s windows were merely open spaces in the walls...What passed for a fence was bits of tree-limbs, broomsticks, and tool shafts...Enclosed by this barricade was a dirty yard…” The quote describes
Although “Warriors Don’t Cry” and “Remember the Titans” have many differences, they also have many similarities too. Besides the fact that both the movie and book focused on the struggles black people had integrating, both show how there are not any big differences between whites and blacks. In “Warriors Don’t Cry” Melba outscored some of her white classmates in tests, proving that she is just as good or better than the other white students. In “Remember the Titans”, the more successful and starting quarterback was black. Also the defensive coordinator (who was white) benched a white player in order to play a black player because he was better.
The client was just walking home the night of the murder. Mr. Breck feels really bad for the family but he also knows you have tried to put him away for something he didn’t do. How do we know it was his DNA we don’t because the DNA was to old to even use anymore it was corrupt. The others are saying he is guilty but he isnt. They wont him to go away for somthing he didnt do.
The poor farmers were hit the hardest during this time, forcing the women to get out of the home and work to make ends meet, while the better off families did not have to endure as much. Another influential highlight of this time period in Alabama was the Scottsboro Case. In the 1930s, there was ample attention towards the “Scottsboro Boys”, nine black youths falsely charged with raping two white women in Alabama. No crime in American history-- let alone a crime that never occurred-- produced as many trials, convictions, reversals, and retrials as did an alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers on a Southern Railroad freight run on March 25, 1931. This case depicted the extent of barbarous treatment of blacks.