For example, the jury in Tom Robinson’s trial deems Robinson to be guilty even though he is innocent. This decision is influenced by society’s racial ignorance. Dolphus Raymond also makes the important decision to pretend that he is a drunk because of society’s racist beliefs. Finally, Bob Ewell decides to attack Scout and Jem because he is ignorant to the fact that blacks and whites are equal. The racial ignorance seen in To Kill A Mockingbird is similar to the racial ignorance seen today.
His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community. As the trial progresses Jem becomes tired and views his members of community with contempt. Jem is emotionally scarred after Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted. Jem firmly believes that there are differences between individuals, social classes and races. Which made Jem acknowledge what he thought Maycomb was, a safe place to live with people who care for each other and has loss faith on the neighbors and the people he knew due to large amount of prejudice
He shows how he feels about the whole case and how the boys were falsely accused. He focused on how the boys’ “innocence never go the attention that their guilt did” (Wilder). These boys were guilty from the very beginning until proven innocent thirteen years after the crime was committed. Usually it’s the other way around and a person is innocent until proven guilty. The public was so caught up in the prejudice of the case and just assumed since there was a high crime rate in black and Hispanic boys that they had to have done it.
The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't. The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word against the Ewells, '" Atticus solemnly explains this to his brother. First of all, Atticus demonstrates courage when he undertakes the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. Atticus knows he won 't win the case and like Mrs. Dubose in her battle against morphine, he is "licked" before he begins. Nevertheless, Atticus knows that Tom is innocent and that he must fight for him, since no one else will.
During the jury voting, Jem could not believe his eyes, “ Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them” (278). Watching Atticus try cases for years, he knows in court that justice prevails. He thought for sure that Tom was free, the evidence was crystal clear. He could not see what reasosn the jury had for a guilty verdict, but when the verdict came out as guilty, he was mad because he knew it was a racist verdict from the jury. He remember back to all those times in which racism was displayed and he attributed those times to the trial and how racism is everywhere and everyone shows it.
God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor? I think it is honest, I think so; I am no saint.” (884) Because of his impure actions in the past, Proctor wanted to die with a clean conscience. This is important because it shows how much theology ruled the lives of the people in the 1600s. An innocent man was hanged because his accuser was almost exposed as a liar. The court was so fearful of the devil and of witches that they killed many people without any real evidence.
In the book to Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper lee, the story of the loss of innocence and growing up is told thru a young girl, Scout’s eyes. A black man is on trial for raping a white woman in the south during the 1930’s Joan Robinson was found guilty despite the evidence that he could not have done the rape. No doctor was called, bruises on left side of face, no use of left hand and mayella kept changing the story. Even though Bob Ewell made the excuse to Atticus in the courtroom that he did not call a doctor because it was not necessary and that he had no money, his primary reason was because he needed time to think up a plan to get himself out of the mess he had caused. Tom Robinson is called to the witness stand.
He simply wants Tom to have a fair trial. Atticus tries to help Tom and is almost killed while guarding his jail cell before the trial. Even though Bob Ewell won the case, he lost his already damaged reputation. After this happens, Bob decides to attack Atticus’ children in a last attempt to get back at him. Bob dies during the altercation.
Cruel Times The cruelty in this book is seen through the situations of Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Maycomb's reaction to Atticus taking the Tom Robinson case It is very unsettling. Tom Robinson's case was a very unique in that he did absolutely nothing wrong and was still in court all because of his skin. "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life."