How Did Atticus Come To Trial In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other” (Lee 304). This quote is one of the most significant ones in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird because it is referring to the human race and how we are all practically the same, and yet people persecute one another because of racism. In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, one thing most people have in common is racism.To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in a small Alabama town during the 1930’s. In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, one thing most people have in common is racism. This book is in the perspective of a young girl who is not always aware of what is going on around her. The racism of the…show more content…
In reality, there was hardly enough evidence for Tom to be taken to trial, but because he is an African-American it was inevitable he would be in the position he is in. Atticus announces to the jury in his closing statement, “To begin with, this case should have never come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white” (271). This case is as simple as black and white in the sense of why Tom is being convicted, which is because of his physical appearance, but Atticus is actually trying to convey that black and white is not simple in the 1930’s. Atticus said this because he knows that the conviction should be simple, but it's not going to be because Tom is black. There was so much evidence in Toms favor it should have taken the jury five minutes to acquit him, but things are more complicated than the facts in this trial.To elaborate, Atticus was unlike most attorneys provided to an African American; he actually wanted to help Tom. He found evidence that would make a convincing argument, but knew in actuality that there was not much hope for Tom, but he was still going to try his hardest. Many people knew after the trial that “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of…show more content…
These three points are all related to the racism. Barack Obama once said, “She sowed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country.” To Kill a Mockingbird taught the readers the play racism had on people’s emotions and actions. Our previous president expressed to us that Harper Lee had opened people’s eyes to see that the way people were acting because of the racism they held was unacceptable in our nation and
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