31. Atticus delivers disturbing news to Helen Robinson, that her husband was shot, when trying to escape the prison. 32. The subject of Mr. Underwood’s editorial is That is is a sin to kill cripples. 33.
Teo Reid English 10-32 Final Essay - Essay #4 The condemned court Fated to fail, but adamant to attempt. Atticus takes the position of court defendant for the case of Tom Robinson. Tom, a 25 year old black man, was accused of assaulting and raping the 19 year old Mayella Ewell. In the prejudiced town of Maycomb, the court ruling would inevitably rule in favor of Mayella, but he accepted the case nevertheless.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee conveys that prejudice divides communities and that persecution of innocent people is evil; furthermore; these two minor themes reinforce the major thematic idea that a simple assumption can divide people. When Tom Robinson is put on trial for supposedly raped Mayella Ewell, the racism in Maycomb surfaces and creates conflict. In the novel, a stranger says, “You know what we want,” ‘another man said.’ “Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.”(172). Some drunken men want to harm Tom Robinson for the wrong that he did.
In To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson, an african american, is accused of raping a white female, Mayella Ewell, so when this crime goes to trial and Atticus is appointed to be Tom Robinsons’ defendant he tries his hardest to make sure Tom receives a fair and just trial because, “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box”(Chap 23). So although Atticus makes many strong and compelling arguments in Toms’ defense and in the end Tom still ends up receiving a guilty verdict, despite Tom Robinsons' captivating testimony accusing Mayella of being the one who attacked him; and the evidence displayed by Atticus that it would be impossible for Tom to have beat Mayella. Yet even after all that Tom does not receive a fair and just trial because of the racial prejudice in the town. After Tom Robinson dies while waiting for his appeal, that is when Bob Ewell decides that he wishes to get revenge on Atticus so he attacks Scout and Jem; but luckily their neighbor Boo Radley comes to the childrens defense but while defending the children he stabs Bob and Bob dies. So when the Sherif becomes aware of the situation he informs Atticus that he would not be making news of the events that happened that night public knowledge because,"‘I never heard tell that it's
Author Harper Lee, in her novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”, depicts a court trial in which Atticus Finch, a Maycomb County lawyer, attempts to defend an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, who was falsely accused of rape and beating by a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. Finch’s purpose is to prove Tom’s innocence to the court and avoid an inaccurate conviction. He adopts a deliberate tone in order to rule the jury’s speculation in favor of Robinsons guiltlessness. Atticus begins his argument by contrasting social moralities versus actual law.
Imagine going through what could be a very short life knowing that you are viewed as less of a person. Now imagine of a member of your family or your best friend was viewed that way. Now imagine because you, your friend, parents, brother, or sister lost their life because they were seen as less of a person and their life was not valued the same as other. In the story To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The character Tom Robinson lost his right to life because he was a black man who was accused of beating and raping a young white girl. Tom did not have any evidence against him besides the testimony of the father and young girl herself against him.
Tom Robinson had no chance of freedom just because his skin was of a different color than what the jury preferred even though he was innocent, as Atticus Finch proved. Tom Robinson ended up getting killed in prison, leaving his wife and children to
In my opinion that is truly unfair. It makes sense as to why Atticus decided to defend Tom Robinson. He continuously tries to find the good in everyone and believes that the black community contains good people. Atticus had mentioned to his brother, Jack, that Tom was innocent but “doomed”. It was impossible
Life is like outer space, unknown and always changing. In the story To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about the segregation, hate, and prejudice in a town called Maycomb. Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape and doesn’t know what to expect. His attorney, Atticus Finch, an experienced, knowledgeable, and kind man, does his absolute best to defend him. However, the jury consists of all white males, most being racist and narrow-minded about the situation.
To illustrate the black community’s admiration of Atticus, Reverend Sykes and the others in the balcony of the courthouse stand when Atticus passes. They show respect and gratitude towards him then and in the next days in the following ways. The fact that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson is a sizable reason why they respect him greatly. In past reading, Atticus shows that he took this case straight to the heart. Though it does not seem true, it deeply impacts Atticus to his core.
This behaviour is deemed as natural, and few people question the roles put in place, this is truly terrifying so we are lead to wonder if what we accept as normal is perhaps corrupt instead. Race is the dominant cause of inequality in To Kill A Mockingbird, thus Maycomb’s views on race heavily influence every aspect of life. Although racial inequality is clearly illustrated in the in the injustice, prejudice, discrimination and antagonism surrounding the Tom Robinson trial, it is also shown more subtly throughout the novel. In Chapter 25 Atticus Finch is quoted disclosing that the corrupt justice system is a direct cause of a racist society. “In our courts, when it 's a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (Lee, 295).
Blue Jays and Mockingbirds Who are the blue jays and mockingbirds of To Kill A Mockingbird? Set in the early 1930’s of America, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming-of-age book that tells the story of an innocent, naive child becoming an adult through the experience and intake of racism, discrimination, and social injustice throughout the book. Harper Lee’s development, usage and characterization of her characters throughout To Kill A Mockingbird help establish two of her most important themes of the book, which are the presence of social injustice and the coexistence of good and evil. Social injustice is consistently seen throughout To Kill A Mockingbird.
After Atticus loses his trial, Jem notices that the Maycomb County justice system is broken and it needs help, “Then it all goes back to the jury, then. We oughta do away with juries. ”(294) This shows that Jem now understands that people are racist in everything and racism needs to be fought. On top of realizing that the justice system is in shambles, Jem realized that Tom Robinson’s case was very good at showing that.
Regarding Tom’s case and society as a whole, “ The one place where a man ought to get a square deal… in a courtroom… he any color….. people… carrying their resentments right into the jury box” says Atticus (220). The jury is not going to say Tom is not guilty and Atticus knows this, but he still think a man should get a fair deal no matter his skin color. Lee stresses the wrong doing in this courtroom, and makes Atticus’s point of view being on another level than his kids. Rather than develop a different outlook after the events, Atticus gets more evidence for why he sees the world