Comparing a white man to trash when he is cheating a black man shows that Atticus does not accept the the racism and narcissistic ways in his town, and seeks for his son to not accept them either. Atticus teaches his children to strive for justice not only for others lives, but also in their own lives. Atticus makes it clear to his family and the sheriff that justice will not stop at the front door of his home.‘“But, nobody 's
In To Kill A Mockingbird main characters Jem and Scout were left confused when Tom Robinson was convicted for a crime he clearly didn’t commit. Most people were taught that no matter what a white man’s word should be believed over a black
The reason why Atticus defended a black man and did what most everyone would never think of doing is because of justice and civilly going against the norm. The character, a lawyer named Atticus, also endangers not only his own life but his family's, by defending a Negro. He believes he is protecting an innocent man. Even though he is black. Atticus could not live with himself if he failed to give his utmost effort in clearing the accused, Tom Robinson’s, name.
In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, why must an honorable black man die for a white man’s actions? The book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, takes place in the 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus Finch, father to Jem and Scout, has been assigned a legal case to defend a black man. Tom, the black man, was accused of raping a white woman, Mayella. The story is about how his kids, Jem and Scout, live during this time, and everything Atticus does to fight for Tom.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
This is especially depicted in the trial scene. The court case is clearly going in favor of Tom Robinson, however, because of the intolerant nature of the people in the courtroom and on the jury, it appears that there is no possible way for Tom to receive justice. Jill May writes about this and conveys, “ No one, save Jem and his youthful converts, expects Atticus to win. The black minister who has befriended the children warns, ‘I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man’”(304). The concept of southern justice is illustrated here because even the faithful and lively black onlookers recognize and anticipate that the court will rule in favor of Bob Ewell, yet they watch in sorrow at the unfair cruelty of the horrible injustice.
Tom was shot seventeen times in the back and put to death. Although some people in this town believe that he should’ve been sent to jail and shot due to him being black. Regardless, no man or woman of any race or color, should be shot seventeen times in the back for a crime they didn’t even commit. This shouldn’t have ever happened and Tom Robinson did not deserve the kind of treatment that he was getting in court, and all the way to his death. On the day of Tom Robinson’s case, I was there sitting’ in a wooden chair watching on as the case went through.
She based some of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird on people involved in that trial. For example, Tom is similar to the nine boys in the original trial because they were both defending themselves against the word of a white person. No matter the evidence that was presented, it was not possible for an African American to win. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus says “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins.” (Lee, 224) In conclusion, throughout her book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows us how life really was at that time. Racism was causing people to think badly of others that were different from them.
As a witness for blacks who were voiceless and ignored, he speaks out against the white church for saying little about slavery and racial justice. His passion for social justice comes from growing up in Arkansas in the Jim Crow era. The memories of his father and lynch mobs never left him. Black church comforted him, but made him wonder. “If the white churches are Christian, how come they segregate us?
And the jury being white means he has no chance at winning, it’s truly sad, but during the time of the trial that 's just how society works. But, nevertheless this is how the times are and a black person never really has a chance in the court system, because they weren’t treated the same as white people. Another time that it is very clear that people don’t treat Tom the same as white people is when people refer to him as a “nigger.” The first example of this is at the Finch landing on Christmas when Scout and Cousin Francis get into a fight after Francis says something to Scout about Atticus, “He’s nothin’ but a nigger-lover” (Lee 83). This quote very clearly shows that people treat Tom differently when Cousin Francis says