All in all Tom dies for no reason and represents a mockingbird because of that. Overall, Harper Lee uses characterization in To Kill a Mockingbird to show that the innocent should be protected. Jem loses his innocence first when he realizes that Boo Radley in a victim. After that Boo is victimized by the town because he stays inside unlike everyone else. Lastly Tom is taken advantage of by the Ewells and it cost him his life.
Proctor is a benevolent man at heart, however he has sinned according to puritan law. Proctor doubts his goodness and constantly seeks forgiveness. This is evident when he says "I cannot mount the giblet like a saint, my honesty is broke elizebeth, I am no good man. When Proctor finally has the bravery to go to court, despite the risk of exposure, he breaks down under the pressure of Abigails power and denounces god in frustration. As a result of this he is arrested.
Atticus later tells an outraged Jem, “See if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does… He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children.” This quote coexists with a previous quote of his “ you can never fully understand someone until you step into their skin and walk around in it for a while” In this example Bob Ewell brings the quote to
To begin, Tom Robinson is a black man whose voice goes unnoticed and ignored as segregation overwhelms the senses of society. This is specifically seen within the walls of the courtroom. Although Atticus prepares a strong case for him, he has no chance and the man on the stand knew this. When this was made obvious to Tom and the verdict was decided, he was devastated. 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.
For example, when explaining why he took the Tom Robinson case, he says he will fight for what he thinks, even if others may not like it. Atticus states, “simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win” (101). Atticus took the case because he does not agree with the rest of the town’s ideas. Everyone else believes that every black man is guilty, no matter the evidence. Atticus fights for what he believes in, even if others will look down upon him for doing it.
The Cosby Show revolved around the Huxtables, a well-off African-American family living in a Brooklyn brownstone. Cliff Huxtable was a doctor and Claire Huxtable was a lawyer. They had five children Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy. All five of the Huxtable children were based on Bill Cosby's actual children, including his late son Ennis who suffered from dyslexia, providing further inspiration for Theo's character (History of Television – Black Sitcoms 2013). Each of the Huxtable children attended college during the show's run, with the exception of Rudy, because she was too young.
In his short story “The Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst uses Doodle’s brother in order to show how he is both cruel and kind towards his younger brother Doodle. The character of Doodle’s brother behaves with cruel notions toward Doodle. For example, when Doodle’s brother faces the prospect of possibly having an invalid brother forever, he “…began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow,” (Hurst 555). This demonstrates that the narrator would rather murder his brother than have one that is mentally challenged, which is not at all a humane thought, to say the least. Anyone who chooses to murder their blood relative instead of support them through tough times most definitely has wickedness within them, which supports the statement that Doodle’s brother behaves cruelly towards Doodle.
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
Atticus says this right before the trial, telling his kids that the court will be biased and they will most likely loose. This example clearly shows that in a Alabama court no one is equal when there is a racial bias present. Also, another example of social inequality is shown by a question asked by Scout. Scout asked Miss Maudie “why do people ‘like us’ not serve in the court”, Miss Maudie then says “ women like us don 't serve in court, they consist of white men”. This example shows social inequality because the law was not enforced by everyone, just white men.
On top of that the crimes that whites commit are not similar in any way to those of African Americans. In To Kill A Mockingbird the death penalty is sentenced to Tom Robinson. He is accused of raping the plantations daughter. There is clear evidence that he did not do it, the case is held in a courthouse where the jury and judge are racist. With that being said only Atticus is Tom 's only chance of winning.
They were selfish and expected me to pick from one of them. I couldn’t support myself on my own, but I refused to give up on Odysseus. Telemachus, my son, was the only thing keeping me from submitting myself to marriage. Sadly, I feared for his life seeing as the suitors were realizing that I was using him as an anchor for my survival. We got by day by day though by appeasing to their wants for the time being.
When the main character, Grant, finds out that another African-American man named Jefferson will be executed, he is in shock. This shock results from the fact that the execution date, time, and location were all decided by the sheriff, and the family wasn 't consulted even once. He thinks to himself: “Twelve white men say a black man must die, and another white man sets the date and time without consulting another black person. Justice?” (129) This part of the story well-represents the struggle of racial injustice, because Grant feels that blacks weren’t respected. The execution for Jefferson was decided by “whites” and they did not once consult Jefferson’s family members about his execution.
“You did the crime, now you do the time,” this age old adage is currently being used to describe Tom Robinson and the case against him; however, Tom will no longer serve time, considering that police officers murdered him when he attempted to flee from prison. A legion of people believes that Tom Robinson’s actions ultimately led to his demise, and that he is just another worthless human. In actuality, the father of the accuser, Bob Ewell, was the cause of Tom’s death. Maycomb’s most reclusive citizen saw an opportunity to capitalize on the town’s racist nature, and gain a few seconds in the limelight. Furthermore, this newly found fame would provide a stark difference from his everyday life of being the town’s most hated resident, and hopefully
William Godwin once said “No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who lost them.” In accordance with this quote, Tom Robinson had lost his innocence according to the court and his integrity according to the Maycomb residents. Hypothetically, if Tom had one the case, many of the townspeople would still view him as guilty because they presuppose that he is because he is black. In the chance that he would be let out, he would still have been treated as a guilty man. There was nothing to look forward to if he were to win the case, he and his family would be treated awfully along with everyone who supported him. In his mind there was more hope in the next life than in continuing his present life.