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. Atticus is a independent attorney who decided to help and clearly innocent man disregarding his skin color. Atticus looked passed Tom’s skin complexion and only fought for the truth.
Seeking justice is one of the most important qualities Atticus has, so he is considered a hero. Due to the fact that Tom Robinson is an African American, Mr. Ewell wrongly accuses him of raping his daughter, Mayella. Atticus seeks justice when he explains why he is defending Tom Robinson: “‘ I know, and lot’s of ‘em probably deserved it, too-but in the absence of eye-witnesses there’s always a doubt, sometimes only a shadow of doubt. The law says ‘reasonable doubt,’ but I think a defendant 's entitled to the shadow of a [. .
Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird to describe her life experiences through the great depression. In the book she connects the Jim Crow laws with mob mentality, and racism. The connection to America’s history is how Jim Crow is used in the novel. Jim Crow was a set of laws to ensure that whites were superior to blacks. Some people thought the laws were needed because the whites thought the blacks were going to take their jobs.
Rough Draft To Kill a Mockingbird isn 't only a book about Maycomb in the 1930s, but its hidden bigger plot point is to prove that different types of people exist in the world. Some of these people have different views on their morals and racism. Some characters in the book are good examples of these problems, but some inanimate objects and animals do an even better job of resembling these problems. Atticus Finch did whatever he could to show his children and the entirety of Maycomb what good morals are and even when it seemed as if the whole town was against him he still went through with doing his best to save not only Tom Robinson but all of Maycomb. After the trial, he learned that Maycomb still has problems and that it will take
However, Atticus has responsibility to take care and defend Tom Robinson as a lawyer. Therefore, he tried hard to protect Tom from racist people, such as Bob Ewell. Many townspeople didn't hate Atticus until Atticus acted like he actually believed tom's story of not
Death of Innocence is categorized as an adult nonfiction book. Mamie specifically wrote this book to tell her son’s story, representing hope and forgiveness, which revealed the sinister and illegal punishments of the south. She wanted to prevent this horrendous tragedy from happening to others. The purpose of the book was to describe the torment African Americans faced in the era of Jim Crow. It gives imagery through the perspective of a mother who faced hurt, but brought unity to the public, to stand up for the rights of equal treatment.
She makes it clear that her book was set in the 1930s, which was when the war began to brew. In addition to that, the Great Depression is also present during the book due to the lack of money and employment that was present in Maycomb. The final connection she makes is to the Scottsboro trial where similarly, the jurors were unfair to the defendant. Studying World War ll, the Great Depression, and the Scottsboro trial can help a read have a greater understanding of the events that happen in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. If a reader were to know the events that took place during World War ll, then they would have a greater grasp of what Harper Lee is trying to communicate with her audience.
As stated previously, the trial of Tom Robinson was unfair because the testimonies of the witnesses conflicted with each other, and his Eighth Amendment rights were violated. It is clear that when Harper Lee was writing this story that she was trying to expose the ugliness of the race relations in the U.S. of the time. Noting that this story was published in the 1960’s, close to the height of the Civil Rights Movement, To Kill a Mockingbird was making another statement, but one not-so fictional. There was a bigger, more serious, problem with the race relations in the United States. From the point-of-view of an innocent child, this novel forced people to see the power of injustice towards minorities—both then and
Atticus knew he would be shunned by many and would get a great deal of disapproving glares, but he defended Tom Robinson anyway because he knew it was the right thing. ¨Gentleman, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty¨ (Shmoop Editorial Team).
Mr. Atticus Finch is not only an upstanding lawyer but a caring and loving role model for his children Jem and Scout. This all occurs in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus isn’t your normal Alabamian. He doesn 't believe in society 's belief that African Americans aren 't equal to whites. This is why, as a lawyer, He defended Tom Robinson, a black man who was convicted of something he didn 't do.