When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
Boo Radley put a blanket over Scout when she was cold and there was a fire going on at Miss Maudie’s place. The other example Tom Robinson can also be proven as a good person. Everyone thought he was guilty of raping Mayella Ewell as she had accused him and there was no way he could be innocent as he was a Negro and people pretty much saw Negroes as scum. However the evidence such as the fact that Mayella was beaten on the left side of her face while Tom’s left arm is mangled so he can’t use it and there’s no way he could've used his arm to beat her.
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
From this letter you can see Tourgees clear use of the word “another” meaning that other Republican men were targeted and killed by the KKK all because they fought to have the South follow the same rules as the North. It was as though the KKK felt personally battered so they enjoyed doing to same to men that caused such emotions. Politics within the white community was not the only issue. As mentioned before African Americans did not get the political freedom that was actually granted to them not only because of their race and low standing but they were “ ‘unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction’ “ (Document D).
As the trial progresses Jem becomes tired and views his members of community with contempt. Jem is emotionally scarred after Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted. Jem firmly believes that there are differences between individuals, social classes and races. Which made Jem acknowledge what he thought Maycomb was, a safe place to live with people who care for each other and has loss faith on the neighbors and the people he knew due to large amount of prejudice
Harper Lee illustrated Tom Robinson as a kind, church-going man. However, the town sees him as a criminal who took advantage of Mayella Ewell. The citizens of Maycomb felt that Atticus should not bother defending him because he did not deserve it. They made their disapproval known by making whispers about both Atticus and Tom Robinson, advertising a new cartoon modeled after Atticus, and assembling a mob to attack Tom Robinson in jail (Lee chapter 12).Mrs. Dubose was one of those citizens who was not afraid to make her opinion known, even to Jem and Scout, telling them, “Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising?
Even though the Ewells were white and Tom Robinson was black the Ewells were known as white trash in the community for the way they live and act in public and at home. Another reason that affected the court would be that atticus was being polite to miss. Ewell even though she was lying and she thought that he was being rude while making fun of her so she started to cry and said she would not talk anymore.
Atticus Finch becomes a victim of prejudice when he helps defend a innocent black man in court; Tom Robinson. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are prejudged; do to the fact that prejudice is so inclusive, the people who help the "mockingbirds", like Atticus,easily become victims of prejudice. Many of the people who live in Maycomb gossip and spread rumors about Boo Radley because he chooses to always stay in his domicile, while Tom Robinson is stereotyped by
“Lemme tell you somethin’ now billy, you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.” “Yeah but he aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it.” (Lee, 165) This quote is purely just ignorance and prejudice, this quote is a good example of how most of the town feels, they are mad at atticus not for taking the case, but for actually trying to give Tom a fair trial.
Atticus Finch is considered a mockingbird because he does not show any type of prejudice. An example of this is when Atticus takes on Tom Robinson's alleged rape court case. This shows a lot of courage and attitudes of a mockingbird because he knows that the case is going to be very hard because it is a white man's word against a black mans. Even though Atticus does not win the court case, which he should have because all the evidence was showing that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, but
Tom Robinson is crippled on his left hand which was caused by getting his hand stuck in a Cotton GIn when he was 12 years old, as Tom recalled "I got it caught in a cotton gin, caught it in Mr. Dolphin Raymond's cotton gin when I was a boy....almost bled to death....tore all the muscles loose from my bones." (Lee pg 186)”. This shows that Tom Robinson couldn’t have choked her and beat her with one hand so it would have been almost impossible to do any of this. Atticus wanted to make sure the jury had no qualms about acquitting Tom Robinson. Another reason this is an important fact is, because right when Tom brought up the fact that he only had one hand the expressions on Mayella's face turned from sad to surprised or like if she committed
Mockingbirds and Boo Radley Mockingbirds are gray birds with white undersides and wing patches. Unlike most species, males and females look alike. They can grow up to nine inches in length. Boo Radley, whose real name is Arthur, is a middle-aged man who was in much trouble as a teenager.