Examples Of Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for” (Lee ) The people of Maycomb are constantly caught up in the racist mindset of their upbringing. The Tom Robinson case is a huge example of some of the injustice or prejudice that took place. Tom was put on trial for a crime he didn’t commit, and was unfairly convicted due to the all white jury. When an entire system seems to be turned against you, it can be hard to hold on to hope for a positive outcome. Ignorance versus knowledge is a recurring theme throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. People in this time tend to jump to conclusions based on race, rather than seeking out the truth. In this particular situation in the book, the jury is provided with all the information necessary in order to clearly see the correct verdict. However, despite the knowledge provided they chose to act purely on ignorance. "The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took …show more content…

In relation to the theme individual vs society this is exactly the type of isolation Tom felt. He is separated from his family and made a spectacle for all the white folks. “I simply wanted to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them.” (Lee 215) Even people who are generally racist see that the court justice system is flawed. Due to the trial Tom’s life is constantly being threatened. “Then he straightened up and waved a big paw. 'Let's clear out,' he called. 'Let's get going, boys” (Lee 154) Mr. Cunningham and the gang intended to kill Tom. This is another example of the society being against Tom. There is soon a point when you can’t stand the injustice in the world and feel outnumbered. “Tom’s dead” (Lee 234) Tom lost faith in his fight against the prejudice society. Consequently, Tom showed the society the impact they can have on a single

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