She shows this through an African American character named Tom Robinson, his representative, Atticus Finch and the happenings of his trial. In the book, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson to convey how racial discrimination is used in the supreme court. Just because of Tom’s complexion, he was put in jail and killed for a crime he did not commit. Lee really conveys the theme of how Tom was heavily discriminated against just due to his skin complexion. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch talks about higher white power.
The oath is a swear in which the one speaking or participating in the trial must tell nothing but the truth. If one breaks this deep oath, they can be charged with the crime of perjury, which is a serious crime that can result in five years of imprisonment. In To Kill a Mockingbird, on page 231, Bob Ewell states, “-I seen that nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!” On this page, Mr. Ewell is explaining what happened on the day of the crime. When explaining his story, which Atticus proves if full of lies, he exclaims that he saw Tom Robinson raping his daughter. It is also stated that Mayella had bruises on the right side of her face which indicates that a left-handed person must have hit her.
Ewell takes a stand to defend Mayella in the courtroom when Atticus starts to realize that Mr. Ewell could’ve been guilty for Mayella’s rape. Atticus tries to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty by intentionally asking Mayella questions, but Mayella refuses to prove that Mr. Ewell is guilty and responds to this saying “I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me.. “ (Lee 251). This quote symbolizes the judgement that Mayella made on Tom Robinson to prove that he’s guilty. The Ewells try to prove that Tom is guilty by using racial profiling so they can look good in Maycomb and can still be accepted towards society.
In the courtroom, he states that, “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal…” (274). Atticus knew race was the main reason this case was brought to trial. At the time the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, took place, blacks were not treated equally. Atticus also knew that if a white man went to trial against a black man, or vice versa, the black man would be guilty no
Welcome to my essay, I will be talking about inequalities such as racial inequities in maycomb and the time period. Inequalities can be a big impact to anyone's life. And can change people's judgment and views on integer people. To kill a Mockingbird shows a lot of inequalities. One way for inequalities, is It uses Tom Robinson an innocent black man and how he was treated and framed because he was black In To kill a Mockingboard.
Racism is one of the most influential concepts that drive people to make the worst of decisions. Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (TKM), uses rhetorical appeals in an attempt to save a black man from being falsely convicted. I believe that the movie version of Atticus’s closing statement was more convincing than the book version. This essay will discuss the rhetorical appeals used both in the book and movie; and why the movie’s version was more effective. First, in the book, the whole of the closing statement was two paragraphs long and lacked narration.
Atticus challenges the theme of racism by defending Tom Robinson in court to the absolute best of his ability, despite his community’s disapproval. This positions the audience to believe in Atticus’ morally right beliefs. Lee has also explored the segregation of the black community from the white through the construction of key events that in that time would be seen as
Atticus Finch’s views on racism are bespoke in Part I, to foreshadow what will happen at the Tom Robinson case. Atticus says, “I’m simply defending a Negro—his name’s Tom Robinson” (Lee 75). Atticus believes that he should be able to defend any man, regardless of his color. Even though, almost all of the white citizens in Maycomb do not think it is right for a white man to defend a black man, Atticus does not conform with society’s beliefs of racism. Lee’s foreshadowing, helps for the upcoming event in Part II because now the reader knows how Atticus feels about racism and steps away from the towns
“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past”- Troy Edwards. In To Kill A Mockingbird it gives textual evidence on how racism and justice were used. When African Americans got decremented against, the way we changed that in today’s society is by showing that everyone's equal, everyone has the same right and no race is higher than any other. To Kill A Mockingbird gives multiple examples of how racism was put into action. Tom Robinson was a black man who got accused of raping a white girl.
In To “Kill A Mockingbird” Atticus Finch is faced with a hostile racist jury during the case of State of Alabama v Thomas Robinson, this court case in particular has stood out to me because I am going be faced with a similar hostile jury soon; I will be analyzing the closing argument made by Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird to further prepare. In the closing argument made by Atticus there are several allusions and references to symbols that have an effect on the court. An example of an allusion used by Atticus’s closing argument would be the reference to the word yankee and the use Atticus uses this allusion when he says, “Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and distaff side of the Executive Branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us.” Yankee is a dated term for a northerner who could be involved in politics and he also uses the word distaff which is the woman’s side of a
When trying to convince someone to believe what you believe, what you say and how you say it can affect the out outcome. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus uses this to his benefit for his closing statement in the trials. Atticus Finch is a respectable lawyer who chose to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American who was accused of raping a white woman. Tom is innocent, but in the 1930s the word of a black man 's against a two white peoples was not worth much. Mayella, the girl Tom supposedly raped, asked Tom to come inside and help with a broken door.
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.