Scottsboro Trial Vs To Kill A Mockingbird Trial Essay

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Scottsboro Trial Vs To Kill a Mockingbird Trial “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white.” This quotation is from Atticus Finch’s closing argument in To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus is trying to express how this case is simple and there is no way that Tom Robinson is guilty. This quotation also expresses how the trial in the book is similar to the real life Scottsboro trials. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is based on the events of the Scottsboro trials and there are many similarities. An important thing that is similar between the two cases are the defendants. In the book Tom Robinson was accused of taking advantage of Mayella Ewell. On page 251 of To kill A Mockingbird it says, “That nigger yonder took advantage…show more content…
This is what she said that Tom Robinson did to her. In the book it is made apparent to us that she is only saying this so that people will not know about the inappropriate relationship that she tried to have with a black man. In the Scottsboro trials they same thing happened. Two white women were on a train and claimed to have been beaten up and raped by nine black men. During the Scottsboro trials, it is made apparent that they were saying these things for a similar reason that Mayella said what she said. They didn’t want people to now that they had been in an inappropriate relationship. Another thing that is similar between the Scottsboro Boys and Tom Robinson are the disabilities they had and injuries they received. In the Scottsboro trials one of the nine boys was blind and one had syphilis. This means that those two boys couldn’t have done it. This is similar to the book because during the case, Atticus made a point that Mayella was most likely harmed by a person who was left handed, but we are also told that Tom cannot use his left arm at all. So Tom couldn’t have given Mayella the injuries that she had received. Along with similar disabilities there
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