Some acts are blatant and obvious, but others are more furtive. In the novel, Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape by a white girl. However, the whole town knows that Tom Robinson is innocent but the jury still convicts Tom Robinson as guilty and sentences him to death. Racism manifests and has manifested itself in To Kill a Mockingbird, my life, and in the twenty-first
Finally, he states, “A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up” (20). Ultimately, the jury, not Atticus, declare Tom Robinson innocent or guilty. Atticus is trying to encourage the jury to do what is right, rather than do what society dictates, which is that they must convict a black man. By refusing to do so, they jury threaten the justice system and the equality Jefferson spoke passionately about. Despite Atticus’s logical argument, the jury of Maycomb could not be swayed from their prejudiced, racist views and declared Tom Robinson guilty.
When looking to the classic novel Of Mice and Men, multiple groups are discriminated against. By examining the discriminations, we see how the discriminations deeply affect the characters. It has an impact upon them throughout the story. Although the early 1900’s may have been a dark and scary time for America. None of us truly know the impact it had back then,but by reading Of Mice and Men.
Race plays an important role in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, which includes the character Crooks who illustrate how being a different race is often harmful to survival in a hostile and racist world. In the story, Crooks is a victim of racism, his life choices are limited, and
He also defended a black man named Tom Robinson. Bob Ewell claimed Tom hurt his daughter, Mayella Ewell. Atticus, unlike everyone else believed Tom Robinson was an innocent man. He believed that Bob Ewell a white man had to save himself for beating his daughter for tempting a black man. Atticus went before the entire courtroom and said that Tom Robinson was innocent just because he was black did not mean that
Bob Ewell is by far one of the meanest and most vulgar characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, but what makes him even worse is that he doesn’t act responsible for any of the bad things he’s done. He doesn’t take care of his children, and uses all the money they are given on alcohol. At the trial it is proven that he beat his daughter, Mayella (203). He then tried to put the blame on a black man. He took out his anger about losing the case by attacking Scout and Jem (262), instead of their father.
He lost all hope that he previously had in Atticus and the justice system.The invisible man was convicted of a crime he did not commit and feared his life as an objective to rape. Atticus promises Tom an appeal, but Tom could not see how the court would decide any different. A short time later, when Atticus delivers the news that Tom had tried to escape prison and while in the midst of climbing the towering barbed wire fence, was shot and killed he gives context to the situation when saying “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own”(235-236). Atticus tries to control a circumstance which is uncontrollable and with this, he was hopeless in himself and Maycomb. He uses his vast knowledge of the justice system and faith in the Judge to let the town have an ounce of control.
We lie, discriminate, hate, and sometimes even murder. A huge example can be seen in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Tom, a man of color, is falsely accused of rape because a father cannot bear the truth of his daughter. Atticus was appointed to defend him. At this time it was rare to see a man of color walk away from any crimes.
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’” (220). No amount of evidence could force a typical white Maycomb citizen to defy the selective version of equality that defines Maycomb life. To grant unauthorized privilege to a black citizen who does not lay claim to treatment equal to a white citizen, let alone superior treatment, is unheard of in the white community. In the narrow minds of the white in Maycomb, such an action would be comparable to
Since Josephine lied in the stand, saying that Richard sexually assault her, when he only spoke to her. As a result, Lyle the man who killed him was found not guilty. Also, in Emmitt trial the killer was also found not guilty because they couldn’t really prove that it was Emmitt body due to the how badly the oppressors bit him, the family realize it was Till because of the ring he had with his initial. So because of segregation two people died for nothing and not given the opportunity to lives as free mans. The effect of this changes throughout the play shows how unfair, justice was and how some white folks set a point of power toward black as Amzi more said “a white man was superior” in Eye on the
In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends a black man, Tom Robinson, when he is wrongly accused of raping a white girl. When he takes this job the Maycomb community instantly criticized Atticus for helping Robinson. Atticus’ two children, Scout and Jem, are also judged because of their father’s job. Almost everyone in Maycomb has preconceived judgements against Atticus and the blacks in the community. In the novel
One of the main events that portrays the theme of good and evil is the trial. Where Atticus works to defend Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white woman. Despite the challenge of overcoming the town 's racism and forcing people to change their perspectives. Atticus he believes that one day, good will win over the evils of racism and racial equality will exist. During the trial, Jem and Scout are disappointed when the jury, convicts the obviously innocent Tom Robinson simply because he is black and his accuser is white.
In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is shown that when people view justice through the eyes of society, true justice no longer exists. Despite all of Atticus’ effort to prove Tom’s innocence, he is declared guilty and sent to prison. During his trial, it eventually becomes apparent that Tom is innocent, but the entire trial was never actually about who the real convict was because, to society, it all came down to White v. Black. Atticus recognized this, and sadly found that even hoping for the innocent Tom Robinson to go free was a lost cause. He had known, from the beginning, what side society had chosen: race over true justice.
Theodore J. Kaczynski once said, “Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn 't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.” How does a society get affected when citizens feel marginalized? Throughout the shocking read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, John expresses the difference between the past and present with marginalization. The two main characters George a small, wiry, quick-witted man and Lennie a large, lumbering childlike man both dream of owning