Theme Of Corruption In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine being sent to court, knowing as soon as you step foot in front of the jury, you are guilty. In Harper Lee 's Novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, an African American man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a White woman. With the help of a man named Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson has to stand in front of a jury full of white people in the 1930’s and defend himself. Atticus is also a father who must be there for his kids, especially while taking this case. Because of white supremacy, unfairness in the courtroom, and the way people are treated because of their skin color, a leading theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is power and corruption.
As soon as Tom Robinson enters the courtroom the case is basically over, all because of his skin color. In the 1930’s you could get away with anything against a person of color, as long as you were a white person. "I got somethin ' to say an ' then I ain 't gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me an ' if you fine fancy gentlemen don 't wanta do nothin ' about it then you 're all yellow stinkin ' cowards, stinkin ' cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don 't come to nothin '—your ma 'amin ' and Miss Mayellerin ' don 't come to nothin ', Mr. Finch-" (Lee 251). This quote shows exactly how white people thought of people of color. Mayella saying this shows that she thinks she’s above Tom and he should go straight to jail just because of his skin color. And most of the white people in the room feel the same way. White people
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