Bob testified accusing Tom of rape, but there was a lot of evidence in the sheriff's testimony to prove that Bob was lying in his testimony, like how the sheriff said that when he heard about Bob's daughter. Bob was expected and sounded happy about it. This evidence shows that Tom is the mockingbird. His innocence is starting to be destroyed, not just by Bob but the jury, and all the white people that are just stereotyping Tom because of his color. In this next quote, this is more in depth on the town of Maycomb and how they stereotype blacks.
The person speaking is Atticus because he is giving his final statement in his trial with Tom Robinson,”’She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards.’” (272) This was one of Atticus’s last lines from his statement and I think the deeper meaning is that people need to get over this “code” they have. The community needs to realize that even white people do discouraging things.
Tom could have gave the truth and a white person would have not believed him. Fear can be bad or good. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, a man named Atticus, has a brave daughter, Scout, and a son, Jem. Atticus is a lawyer who is defending Tom Robinson, a black man. Atticus is defending Tom because he was accused of rape.
More importantly, however, Boo was the mysterious figure who saved the Finch children from Bob Ewell’s attack. Because the children did not understand Boo until the end of the story, the way they treated him was based on fear and the stereotypes they learned from the others in the town. Other significant examples of misunderstanding in the book come during the trial of Tom Robinson. After Bob Ewell finds his daughter, Mayella, kissing a black man, Tom Robinson, Mr. Ewell severely beats his daughter and accuses Tom of raping and beating her. Although it is physically impossible for Tom to have attacked Mayella, he is convicted of the crime.
If he punished Douglass it would be a confession of his failure to break a slave, his reputation would be ruined. The reluctance to discipline Frederick enhanced his confidence and resulted in him declaring to himself that he would not be discriminated against from this point on, “I did not hesitate to let it known of me, that the white man who expected to succeed in whipping, must also succeed in killing me” (83). If literature made him aware of his worth and position in the world, fighting back was his way of taking action and proclaiming that enough is
I have… known her. Danforth: You… are a lecher?” Later on Proctor replied, “No, Francis, it is true, it is true. She will deny it, but you will believe me, sir; a man will not cast away his good name, sir, you surely know that” (68). Although committing adultery in our society today is extremely looked down upon, committing adultery was a greater offense in the Puritan community that had major repercussions. Proctor made the choice to throw away his reputation to save his wife’s life.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends a black man named Tom Robinson who was accused of raping a young white woman. Atticus was maybe not wise to defend Tom because of the consequences that tax his family, but it was the right thing to do. The consequences of defending a black man did cause good things in the children like early maturity, but it also did cause things like traumatization. As Atticus has explained to Scout many times about this, He is doing this because he values equality and justice. He believes that everyone is equal and therefore just because Tom Robinson is black, doesn't mean that he should not defend him.
(...) Elizabeth I have confessed it! Elizabeth: Oh, God (...) Proctor: She only thought to save my name” (miller 113) In the scene Danforth asks Elizabeth is john had ever committed adultery. Elizabeth lied to the court that John was not a lecher, when she clearly knew he was a lecher. This lie was Elizabeth’s first lie and it was to save her husband's name. She said it “faintly” as if she felt bad for] but still said it to save her husband.
The people who make up society tend to overlook the reality of what the world once was and what it continues to be. To Kill a Mockingbird is not just a novel that tells a story of what a young girl’s life was like as a child, but also tells the story of the violations of humanity. Mayella Ewell, a white woman, kissed Tom Robinson, a black man. Feeling ashamed of her actions, she accused him of rape. Because he was a black man accused of rape, he was found guilty and sentenced to death in prison.
On the other hand, if Proctor admits to the affair, his good name cannot keep any more. But he still chooses to save his wife and admits to the affair. This can show how much John is making efforts to compensate his sin. “And being what she is, a lump of vanity, sir—He is being overcome. Excellency, forgive me, forgive me.
Ewell would lie about the occurrence between Mayella and Tom. One of the first reasons Mr. Ewell would lie is he is the one who hurt his daughter. In the novel Atticus was trying to prove to the jury that it is possible that Mr. Ewell beat up his daughter. Scout says to herself, “…Atticus was trying to show, it seemed to me, that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella.”(Lee 238). Atticus made it very easy for the court to see that it was a grand possibility that Mr. Ewell indeed beat up his own daughter for wanting to be with a black man.
Well found out that White mob would lynched family members or friends if they could not find the suspect. This brother of the suspect is innocent and did not rape White women, however, he was hung because of the hatred White men hold toward his brother. This is not about punishing crime, but to control or oppress them to social, economical in the society. Wells also found that white were rarely lynched even though they committed a crime. She found out that lynching become an entertainment for people in the South.
In Celia’s case, we see this truth through Virginia and Mary Newsom’s position of powerlessness. Whether they wished to assist Celia or not, Newsom’s husbandless daughters were utterly dependent upon their father (McLaurin, 32), a fact that made confronting him dangerous. The importance of this master-slave structure in Southern life, as well as the value of slavery itself, may explain the actions of the Judge presiding over Celia’s trial. By choosing to sustain the objections of the prosecution, Judge William Hall sealed the fate of Celia the slave. Had he acted against the established institution, Celia might have been spared.
Discrimination: An Unfair Story Imagine being on a boat, not a cruise boat, but a boat ripping you away from your family and cramming you into an exceedingly small space. Only to take you to a new land where you are forced into labor for the rest of your life. This is what many Africans had to go through in the early stages of America. Even after slavery was deemed illegal, Africans were still ridiculed for their skin color. African slavery and discrimination were a huge problem in America for hundreds of years.