A very similar thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella, but Atticus proves that it was most likely Bob who did it. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s dad, the person who should be protecting her at all costs. The most common injustice in the novel appears when the kids find the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewell family to be unfair, highly illogical, and racist. When the verdict of guilty is revealed to the town, Jem becomes upset and says, “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that- you can’t”
Her horrible friend (Beatrice) was no help to her cause, and the hansom boy gave her the on and off feelings (Carvin). You even got the Gossip Girl favorite line as in the book it states “You know Ann loves you. Xxoo” which is pretty close to the “You know you love me. Xoxo, Gossip Girl” line. Like really Cecily?
The metaphorical characters definitely share various similarities compared to the mockingbird. Tom Robinson and Arthur (Boo) Radley are both innocent characters that do not inflict harm on others, but society disregards their say and persecutes them irrationally. Also, Mayella Ewell is a fallen mockingbird that once struggled for innocence, punished herself by leading an innocent man to die. However, no matter the damage society inflicts upon Tom, Arthur, and Mayella, they will still encompass a bit of innocence deep within themselves that will never be destroyed. Additionally, Harper Lee, illustrates a well-composed novel that explores mature topics of prejudice and racism, all while addressing a major metaphorical message that it expresses to kill a mockingbird is undeniably the ultimate evil of our
Tom Robinson, a black man living in the racist south, is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Evidence reveals that Mayella seduced Tom herself and was never raped by him. This story could have been inspired by the hint of a rape carried out by Caliban on Miranda, Prospero 's daughter. Plagued with new feelings and unfamiliar desires, it is plausible that Miranda acted -or began to act on-her feelings with Caliban and was caught by her father in the midst of kiss(much like Mayella and Tom). Scared senseless, she may have screamed rape to protect her white dignity.
Overall, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a novel that does a good job of showing how innocence can be destroyed by the display of evil. Innocence was destroyed many times at the trial. All the kids felt the bad vibes in the courthouse, but it was Jem who took the hardest blow. Jem believed that the court would indict Tom because Atticus provided hard evidence that he was innocent. He thought
In a racially charged atmosphere, “white trash” Mayella Ewell ignores the morality and conventions of the community, and makes a sexual advance on Tom Robinson. When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
In The Light Of The Marigolds In “Marigolds”, Eugenia Collier presents a compelling short story that presents the theme of maturity through setting and conflict of interest. In this story, Lizabeth is found wondering if her childhood is over and when she ruins Miss Lottie’s marigolds she finds her maturity in clear light. In this story the kids ran to Miss Lottie’s house and were sitting in the grass, “Actually, I think it was the flowers we wanted to destroy, but nobody had the nerve to try it, not even Joey, who was usually fool enough to try anything. I just stood there peering through the bushes torn between wanting to join the fun and feeling that it was all a bit silly (Eugenia Collier 282).” When Lizabeth was debating on whether to
Witnessing or causing an incident can diminish a person’s reputable outlook if their surroundings. For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird one of the recurring character, Dill, is friends with the main characters, Scout and Jem. Dill’s character brings out the playful innocence by his exaggerations and stories. “Dill recited this narrative” (Lee 186) about him being “bound in chains and left to die” (Lee 186) by his hateful stepfather. Because of this, he ran away to Maycomb and hid under Scout’s bed before being discovered.
In Harper Lee’s American classic, To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), dirty is used as a symbol of shame in the society of Maycomb, Alabama. When Jem ruins Mrs. Dubose’s yard he is punished by having to read to Mrs. Dubose for a month. When he is forced to do this, Scout joins him; however, Scout is not as gladly welcomed as Jem is into Mrs. Dubose’s home. Mrs. Dubose’s first words to Jem are, ‘“So you brought that dirty little sister of yours, did you?’ was her greeting” (Lee ).When Mrs. Dubose says “that dirty little sister,” she is referring to Scout. Dirty is used to describe something that is tarnished, unclean, and poor.
He describes the actions of Mayella Ewell, the accuser, as, “Something that in [their] society is unspeakable,” because she was white, and, “tempted a Negro”(231). This statement introduces the idea that Mayella may have not committed a crime, but she committed an act particularly looked down upon and seen as socially immoral. The relation to social moralities appeals to the jury’s knowledge and experiences in association with racism in their community. Continuing his allegation, Atticus assures the jury that Mayella had not committed a crime, she had, “ merely broken a rigid and time honored code of [their] society”(231). Finch is further explaining the severity of Mayella’s wrong doings and the abomination she has committed against her community.
Atticus Finch is in the Maycomb County courthouse roughly around August 26, 1935 trying to convince the judge and jury’s conscience that Tom Robinson is innocent of committing the crime of raping Mayella Ewell is being framed as a cover up to the physical and emotional abuse that has damaged Mayella, to which her father has caused. At this point in the story Atticus is pacing back and forth in front of the jury nervous as he delivers his closing argument. From the point of view of Scout who tells us that Atticus is sweating and has taken his jacket off and had loosened his tie. Atticus is trying to get the jury to forget their prejudice and treat Tom, as an equal and not treating him like dirt. The end of the speech satisfies Atticus with what
The man he is defending is innocent of the charge of rape by a man named Bob Ewell’s daughter. Through testimony at the trial to the jury, the girl simply kissed had a black man. Also, during the trial Atticus shows to the jury that the girl appeared to have been beaten by someone who used their left hand and Tom could not use his left arm at all, the jury still found Tom guilty. Tom was killed later trying to escape but Bob Ewell, wanted revenge against Atticus for making what he thought was a fool of him in