“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it,” said Atticus Finch In To Kill A Mockingbird. This is a story that tells about Scout Finch, his brother Jem, and his father Atticus. The author, Harper Lee’s purpose when writing this book was to inform others how dreadful racism and prejudice was in the south in the 1930s. One of the focuses of this book is the court case of Tom Robinson, which ended up with an innocent man dying because he was black. People in the book also use racist language, and are sexist too.
Meaning the jury felt that beyond a reasonable doubt the DuPont was guilty of murder, although mentally ill, at the commission of the crime. The erratic behavior, delusions, and other eccentricities of DuPont pointed to symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, which the state mental facility confirmed and began treatment with an antipsychotic medication. My critique of the outcome of the trial of John DuPont is provided at the conclusion of this essay. On January 28, 1996, John DuPont was charged with first-degree murder and assault in the shooting of Olympic wrestler David Schultz committed two days prior. However, prior to John DuPont’s murder trial people closest to DuPont stated that he had begun displaying signs of persecutory
The author’s description of the court’s ruling was definite and expected because as Atticus explained, society is biased, therefore the court of all white men were always partisan towards voting in favor of a white man without allowing any arguments against him to sway them. Even though Tom Robinson was not guilty and Atticus had strongly proven him as an innocent who was falsely accused of rape, but because discrimination was a factor in the final judgement, the consequences in society’s prejudice consequently led to the suffering of innocent individuals like Tom Robinson who received discriminatory treatment and trial due to their race. Descriptions of southern beliefs during the time period throughout the book develop and clarify the major theme of the
Scottsboro Trial Vs To Kill a Mockingbird Trial “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white.” This quotation is from Atticus Finch’s closing argument in To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus is trying to express how this case is simple and there is no way that Tom Robinson is guilty. This quotation also expresses how the trial in the book is similar to the real life Scottsboro trials. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is based on the events of the Scottsboro trials and there are many similarities.
In the article Scottsboro Boys and To Kill a Mockingbird: Two Trials for the Classroom it stated that, “The lessons of the infamous 1930s Scottsboro Boys case in which two young white women wrongfully accused nine African American youths of rape illustrate through fact what Harper Lee tried to instruct through her fiction”. (Scottsboro) Black people were always accused by white people of crimes they did not do and the judge will always believe the whites. Blacks were considered criminals, that was one of the main reasons why Lee wrote her book; she felt that things should be changed and blacks should have a voice. Blacks did not feel that they live in their country, they needed help to make their voice heard; some of the white writers helped them to fight for their rights, that was mentioned in the article To Kill a Mockingbird: Two Trials for the Classroom“Both historical and fictional trials express the courage required to stand up for the Constitutional principle providing for equal justice to all under the law.”(Scottsboro) This quote shows that fictional
Inadvertent recklessness Recklessness in the context of sexual assault could also be inadvertent recklessness. Inadvertent recklessness is when the accused failed to give any thought to whether the person may or may not be consenting. An example would be the case R v Tolmie , the appellant was convicted of sexual assault. The appellant and the complainant met at a club and they bonded. The appellant had intercourse with the complainant.
He describes the actions of Mayella Ewell, the accuser, as, “Something that in [their] society is unspeakable,” because she was white, and, “tempted a Negro”(231). This statement introduces the idea that Mayella may have not committed a crime, but she committed an act particularly looked down upon and seen as socially immoral. The relation to social moralities appeals to the jury’s knowledge and experiences in association with racism in their community. Continuing his allegation, Atticus assures the jury that Mayella had not committed a crime, she had, “ merely broken a rigid and time honored code of [their] society”(231). Finch is further explaining the severity of Mayella’s wrong doings and the abomination she has committed against her community.
Establishment of any unethical code and custom like slavery can’t bring any fruitful basis and benefit to a society. When physical force stays behind to efface the evil and immorality of slavery from the white centered society of America, an Afro-American black writerH. B. Stowe comes forward with a view to revolting against such class bigotry through her writings.Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852),an anti-slavery novel and an agent of social change, explores the stumpy and angst-riddenslave-life of the blackpeople in the 19th century American society. Frederic Douglas (1818-1895),an African-American renowned writer and critic, highly hails the novel as an addressed to the soul of universal humanity. According to Stowe “enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves” (Stowe 623).
Currently in South Africa all sex work is considered a criminal act, as mandated under section 20 (1A)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act. The Sexual Offences Act specifically criminalizes “persons living on earnings of prostitutions or committing or assisting in the commission of indecent acts” (Lecture slide). In other words, it works to criminalize any person suspected of engaging in “sex-for-reward.” Such a definition of sex-for-reward is problematic because there is no real guideline as to where the distinction ought to be drawn between legitimate sex-for-reward (what some may define as inter-marital sex) and illegitimate sex-for-reward (what the law describes to be prostitution). The complicated nature of such discourse is important to consider