Why? A mockingbird represents something innocent, and to kill something innocent is a sin. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is a great example of this; because it is taken place in the deep south where the racism caused many black to suffer only because of their race. Manying blacks are like mockingbirds which were usually innocent but falsely accused and harmed (like Tom Robinson). Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley.
The mockingbird was symbolic of Tom’s true, pure heart, and his death was because of nothing but the inequities within society. Mr. Ewell’s sin caused sorrow and horror in Scout’s life, but it also lead to her realization that discrimination was wrong, something that Atticus wished for her to know all along. Further along in the story, Scout’s growth is proved when Atticus suggests sending Boo Radley to trial for killing Bob Ewell. Scout says, “‘Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?’” (276).
It was sinful to treat Tom Robinson like trash because of hatred towards his race. It was sinful to keep Boo Radley locked away from society because of the mistakes he made. These preventable situations are like killing a mockingbird; you shouldn’t do it but it is done anyway. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley were mockingbirds because they were not a threat to society, yet were punished for being human. Holocaust victims were alienated in a reprehensible way.
Firstly, the stereotype that people who do bad things are supposedly evil and scary is shown through the characters, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson is seen as an evil and scary person because he is accused for raping and assaulting Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson is hated by a majority of the white people in Maycomb except for a white lawyer who is ready to stand up for someone who is innocent. Later on in the novel, Tom Robinson ends up committing suicide himself because he did not want to be put in prison for something he did not do.
Tom Robinson represents a mockingbird, having been getting a bucketload of racism and mean comments from the people of Maycomb. Tom was a kind African American man who was
The story Scout’s maturation which tends to depict main characters who take large step in personal growth due to life lesson or specific trauma, Scout Finch work to come to terms with the facts of her society, including social inequality, racial inequality and expectation to act as a “proper southern lady”. Through observing their society and interacting with people like Tom Robinson and Boo Radley they come to understand more about true bravery, cowardice and humanity. Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird to demonstrate the theme that racism instigates an unjust society and a loss of innocence. Firstly, Harper Lee uses Jem Finch to show lost of innocence in the presence of inequality. After Tom Robinson’s conviction, Jem said to his father, “Atticus, said Jem bleakly...
”’(80). Curley’s wife then, being weak herself, saw a situation to be strong and took it. She put him down by using the N-word and then asking if he knew“‘what [she] [could]do to [him]if [he][opened] [his] trap?’” (80), implying that she would get him lynched. Using the N-word is a huge insult for African-Americans and lynching has a horrible connotation to slavery.
Stereotyping is some kind of belief adopted about a group of individuals that usually is not true. This is shown in To Kill a Mockingbird in is the belief that all whites are superior to blacks. This is shown in the quote: “’Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—‘ ‘You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?’ Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling.”
The conflict perspective describes a theoretical framework in which society is viewed as composed of groups that are competing for scarce resources . Since the title of the book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” Mockingbirds are used to represent innocent creatures that are mistreated or “Killed”, which relates back to the main theme of the book which is the destruction of innocence. the author gives some examples of mockingbirds such as Tom Robinson. Though he was blantly innocent, since Tom was a negro man accused of raping a white woman he loses. A substantial amount of evidence and witnesses proved that he did not commit the crime, however he was still found guilty.
To Kill a Mockingbird highlights that racism is unjust. Providing that, they treated people wrongly just because they thought their race was superior to the others. Racism is stereotypical, destructive and more importantly unhair. Overall, racism is hurting our world and has been for a long time. First off, racism is full of stereotypes.
One of the main events in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus Finch’s case involving a black man, Tom Robinson, and a white female, Mayella Ewell. She was known for being part of one of the most disgusting families in town and accusing Mr. Robinson of raping her after she asked him inside the house to help her with a chore. Since she was white and Mr. Robinson was black, no matter what was said, the jury would take the white persons side of it due to the discrimination of blacks during that time. With Lee being the daughter of a well-known lawyer in the county it is evident that she was aware of the happenings of the Scottsboro Case enough to have been the influence of the Robinson Case in To Kill a Mockingbird. During this time period blacks had no authority and often looked over no matter the circumstances.
As I have stated already, the main reasons were that they [Klu-Klux-Klan] were killing and brutally murdering black politicians, or even, any random citizen who was either for the “Reconstruction” . The other reason I stated was that they brought to many problems to themselves, that the “Northern Neglect” did not feel like they should be responsible for that. Tens of thousands people who live here all blame the ‘Northern Neglect” for this cause that was once beautiful. If only they would hear my argument on why I believe in what we did to them was very horrible,we were killers. They are just holding a deaf ear, but we can come to conclusion that it was our fault for this act that was once supposed to be a way to make America a land of opportunities, but instead turned it to a land of
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Racism is one of the core themes found throughout the novel. In 1930, Maycomb, Alabama has the stereotype of being a sleepy town which is populated with desperately poor African Americans. In this novel, the main plot involves the father of the main character, Scout Finch, representing an African American man, Tom Robinson, in court whom is accused of abusing and raping a caucasian girl based off of fabricated charges, especially seeing as he is physically disabled. He is regularly taunted by the white people in town and is followed around and called racial slurs. In this trial, the children are exposed to the harsh reality of racism and stereotyping that were seen in that point in time.
In South Alabama during the Great Depression, a young black man was accused of rape by very poor and uneducated family. The Ewells who accused Tom was despised all through Maycomb. Everyone knew that they were lying, but Tom Robinson was still convicted and eventually shot after trying to run away from prison. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, when Tom died shortly after the trial, there was some grief through Maycomb County, including Helen, his wife.
According to the book To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, I believe Tom Robinson is innocent. The crime that Tom Robinson is getting charged for is that he had raped Mayella Ewell. There are many reasons of why I believe Tom Robinson is not guilty. For instance, Tom Robinson’s left arm was not strong enough nor working, so he didn’t have the strength to do what Mr. Ewell and Mayella said he did. One reason why it is believed that Mayella was raped was because she had said, “I said come here nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me” (Lee 241).