Dan Novak Mr. Yeager English 9H 27 December The Bold Deeds of Atticus Finch From the stone ages to modern times now racism is still a continuous fire burning in society. To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee is a novel that has many similarities and symbols to our current government and laws. Atticus finch representing Tom Robinson, an African-American character that is wrongly accused of, imprisoned, and later killed for supposedly raping Mayella Ewell, helps make clear the problems in our society and how racism comes into play.
Jem, Scout, and Dill always stereotype Boo Radley without knowing him or knowing his real story. To explain this example I say people always stereotype people without knowing the person. When a person is walking down the street another person will be stereotyping him or her for religion or race. Another example is when they put Tom Robinson in jail for rapping a white women, but he was innocent. The court won't hear his side they think he is lying because Tom is black.
In order to understand the Eighth Amendment and how it pertains to To Kill A Mockingbird, one needs to understand the unjust ways the death penalty was implemented in the 1930’s with minority groups, especially African Americans. To this day, some still argue over whether the death penalty is discriminating towards African Americans and other minority groups or if it is even constitutional. In the novel, Atticus Finch, a white man, accepts the challenge of defending a black man, Tom Robinson for the accusation of raping and beating a white woman. Atticus is aware of the challenges he will face to persuade the judge and jury that Tom Robinson is innocent, as well as the backlash he and his family will be subjected to as a result of defending a black man. For example Atticus’ kids, Jem and Scout, were getting treated differently because “...Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.”
During the whole of chapter 9, Atticus reveals moral courage when he decides to defend and protect an innocent man named Tom Robinson. Who is a black man that has been accused of raping a white woman in the town Maycomb which is extremely racist. He observes the challenges that come with Tom Robinson’s case with his brother for one, there is no real evidence for Robinson’s
Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem and Scout Finch are the two main characters, Jem is Scout's older brother. They have a father named Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman, Mayella, and had to go to trial. Throughout the story many of the Finches neighbors are introduced.
Tom Robinson, a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, was a black man unjustly accused of rape on a white women. The jury found him guilty and punished to prison. Nothing can make up for the crimes that the jury and the plaintiff committed, but a pardon or reparations would be appropriate for Maycomb to remember Tom Robinson. Reparations are ways for the government to give back to the ones who were falsely accused and punished. In reparations it would show that the government understood that Tom Robinson was innocent and that the people are trying to help what they can in a way of paying for their immorality.
Mayella Ewell accused Tom of raping and beating her. There is significant evidence proving his innocence. But, the jury convicts him as guilty. This trial troubles the main character, Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill. This is because they know that the jury put Tom in jail for all the wrong reasons.
Due to the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, the outcome of Tom Robinson's trial is likely to be Tom ruled guilty. One piece of evidence to support a guilty verdict is the fact that Tom Robinson is black and the Ewells are white. In the 1930's, if a black man was accused of raping a white woman, a guilty verdict and the death penalty was the most common outcome. Earlier on in the story, Atticus states that they had already lost due to the color of Tom's skin.
The city of Maycomb is a very racist city and thinks one race is more superior than the other. Boo Radley is a white individual who never left his house because of the ways society viewed him. Tom Robinson was a black man who got framed of a crime that he did not do. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird
Furthermore, the brutal and unjust matter that African Americans are treated in in "To Kill a Mockingbird" demonstrates why schools are wrongly prohibiting the teaching of it. Take for example, Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape, who was convicted in trial despite the fact that substantial evidence
Imagine knowing the evils of the world before age ten and having a full idea of how cruel people can be at such a young age. With the help of parents, kids grow and understand the world. Youngsters can see what humans are on the inside. and with knowledge from caretakers, they comprehend the wicked. Harper Lee’s
Jem, the son of lawyer Atticus, is the embodiment of bravery in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book focuses on the Finch family through the eyes of Scout finch while her father, Atticus, unsuccessfully tries to prove the innocence of a black man accused of rape. Although Atticus is determined to beat the case and tries his best, Tom Robinson is eventually convicted of the crimes of rape although he did not commit the violent sexual crimes. The book also focuses on the children's obsession with the mysterious Boo Radley, who eventually saves Scout’s brother Jem from being killed. Jem spends most of the novel with a naive but brave and valiant approach to the world.