It was clear that a fair trial was only for those with fair skin. As a result, Tom Robinson faced tremendous injustice, mainly because of Bob Ewell’s false accusations, but also because of the deep-seated racism of the town.
People in the book also use racist language, and are sexist too. In the story, one of the main plot points is the court case against Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson, a black man, was accused of raping and beating up Mayella Ewell. In the courtroom, he was shown to be obviously innocent by Atticus. For example, Mayella’s right side of her face was beat up (left from the outside), and Tom had his left hand made unusable in an accident as a child.
In a movie, music sets the tone and mood and also gets the watcher’s attention also have different emotions. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s’ during the Great Depression. The main character Scout Finch has a father named Atticus Finch. He is a lawyer who decides to take a case involving a black man named Tom Robinson who is being accused of sexually assaulting a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Mayella Ewell comes from a poor family who is viewed in the Maycomb society as “white trash.” The Finch family has to face harsh criticism in the heavily racist Maycomb because of Atticus decision to help Tom.
When the phrase Jim Crow is uttered, many people feel a rush of inept thoughts and bad memories due to the social taboo against talking of the lowest point in America’s history. Jim Crow was not just a set of laws aimed to oppress the lives of all black people, but a movement by the citizens, black or white, that caused a corrupt mindset in all men and women. Many people tried to stop the social force from continuing in individual spurts of courage, but they were not able to stop Jim Crow as individuals. An individual’s own personal courage cannot fight against Jim Crow, because a single person would not be able to stop an entire movement embedded into the minds of millions of people, not to mention how the social pressure against it was too strong to even fathom fighting against it. One main reason why it was unable for Jim Crow to be fought by a single person is because there was no feasible way in which one person, no matter how powerful, rich, or socially accepted, could have changed the entirety of
The reality he and the other prisoners had their backs turned to. The escaped prisoner realized his life was a lie and that the shadows and the voices he thought were coming from them were a great big lie. Through this Plato teaches the reader that perception is not always reality especially when that perception isn’t their own discovery rather another's forced ideas. In relation to today, the stereotypes of race, culture, and gender in the American media have played the role of the shadows that cause discrimination and judgement towards to innocent people. Gun violence and mass shooting terrorist attacks have
The Right Thing “Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”-Tony Blair. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch realized this very truth. When someone approached Atticus about defending a black man named Tom Robinson, Atticus had a serious decision to make. MayElla Ewell recently accused Tom of raping her, and Atticus would have to prove otherwise. In this time, white people thought of black people as lower than them and did not treat them fairly.
Claim: Because of Tom’s race, he was misjudged and looked at as a threat to society. 1. Primary Evidence: When Bob Ewell says, “I seen that black nigger younder ruttin’ on my Mayella,” it explains that people just saw someone’s skin color and assumed that the colored person was up to no good (Lee 173). 2. Interpretation: Tom was wrapped up in evil and was misjudged harshly by his skin color and was “shot down” like a mockingbird by racism.
In this literary masterpiece, fear weaves itself through the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of Maycomb, Alabama. Racism, sexism, ageism all abound as Maycomb struggles through a court trial. The trial is white man v. black man, suspected child abuse v. suspected rape, truth v. lies, hatred v. kindness. Despite obvious innocence, Mr. Robinson, the black man, is convicted of rape and sentenced to prison. The case for Mr. Robinson leans heavily for his innocence, but fear sends him six feet under.
A white person was considered to have greater taste and quality, which influenced the assumption that all blacks were immoral beings and not trusted to be around white women. Scout’s brother Jem explained the class division of Maycomb by categorizing the four types of people in the town’s society. In relations to the Jim Crow laws, the people who were ranked from highest to lowest of respect were the Ordinary, Poor, live off the government, and finally at the bottom of degradation were black people. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Maycomb considered the black people to be unsuccessful, African-American, and least respectable as Jem stated, “You know something, Scout? I’ve got it all figured out, now.