How Does Tom Robinson Use Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about racism and discrimination over people because the color of their skin. In this book, people like Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and Helen Robinson are affected by racism. Tom Robinson is an African American man, he was accused of raping a nineteen year old girl named Mayella Ewell, a white girl. Mayella’s father, Bob Ewell, accused him of raping his daughter. Bob caught Mayella breaking a social taboo, or custom forbidding of a particular practice, by trying to seduce Tom Robison. Bob Ewell is a white man who drinks very much. He is abusive toward his daughter, so so Mayella is afraid of her father, this is why she didn’t tell the truth when the jury convicted Tom of rape. Tom Robinson died…show more content…
She wasn’t quite six years old when she learned about racism from Atticus. "They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." -Atticus (114). When Scout was younger, she thought the world was a perfect place. Scout thought everybody was nice to each other, but little did she know that white people were discriminating others because of their skin. Helen Robinson was Tom Robinson’s wife before he passed away. She is the mother of three children, but is having a hard time with Tom’s death. Helen was given a job by Link Deas. Helen was so affected by racism, that when she walked on the sidewalk, Helen tried so hard to avoid being seen by Bob Ewell. Helen was afraid of Bob because he would follow her and yell mean things at her. Bob Ewell is showing favoritism to his race because his family believes they are better than black people. In the book, there are many African-Americans discriminated because they are black. Someone who was harassed by folks like Mr. Gilmer, Bob Ewell, and the jury of his testimony would be Helen Robinson, who suffered terribly. I believe racism
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