Even though the jury knew that Tom Robinson was innocent and that Bob Ewell was lying, they still had to convict Tom Robinson just because he was black. Jem, not being racially prejudiced, could not understand this mentality. In addition the prejudice that the citizens of Maycomb felt towards the black community manifests itself through the way they treat the Finch family, even though they are white and Atticus is a respected member of the town. Even though Atticus was just following his obligation to defend Tom Robinson, the town still turned against and shunned them, even by members of their own family. An example of this occurs when Scout and Jem walk past Mrs. Dubose’s house and Mrs. Dubose insults their father: “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee 105).
In “To Kill a Mockingbird” Many of the residents of Maycomb are racist, and don’t believe that blacks should have rights like any normal person. Atticus; however, stood up for a Blackman for his trail, because he believes that everyone should have the right to tell the truth and not suffer for false rumors. Knowing he would withstand judgement through the process of the trail for defending the man rightfully, he took the risk anyway. Atticus and his family had to go through the threats of the towns people, bullying, and family drama. The central main idea is, It’s not easy defending for what you believe is right.
Bob Ewell is by far one of the meanest and most vulgar characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, but what makes him even worse is that he doesn’t act responsible for any of the bad things he’s done. He doesn’t take care of his children, and uses all the money they are given on alcohol. At the trial it is proven that he beat his daughter, Mayella (203). He then tried to put the blame on a black man. He took out his anger about losing the case by attacking Scout and Jem (262), instead of their father.
Even following the deaths of Boo's parents, Boo remained a recluse within his own home, where his mental state must have continued to deteriorate as the years passed by. This is injustice because boo is actually a really good person and he was treated wrong. a good example of is when he saved to kids. The Final figurative injustice and probably the greatest crime in the novel is when Bob Ewell tries to attack Jem and Scout. Bob tried to kill the kids because the kid's dad “Atticus” almost got Tom Robinson to look like he was innocent when he really didn't rape Mayella Ewell.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them. This book shows how labels can affect almost everyone and shows how you can be judged on almost anything.
Stereotypical Mockingbirds Mrs.Dubose told Jem, “‘ Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for.’” (Lee 117). In every small town the people there are stereotyped into different groups. Maycomb county is no different. They are set apart based on skin color, gender, and how poor or rich they are. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches her audience about stereotypes using three groups of people: the Finches, Negroes, and white trash.
To begin, Tom Robinson is a black man whose voice goes unnoticed and ignored as segregation overwhelms the senses of society. This is specifically seen within the walls of the courtroom. Although Atticus prepares a strong case for him, he has no chance and the man on the stand knew this. When this was made obvious to Tom and the verdict was decided, he was devastated. He lost all hope that he previously had in Atticus and the justice system.The invisible man was convicted of a crime he did not commit and feared his life as an objective to rape.
At the scene of the rape trial, Scout witnesses Jem’s quick loss of innocence as he listens to the verdict: “Judge Taylor was polling the jury: Guilty...guilty...guilty…’ I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them” (Lee 282). When Scout describes how Jem’s “hands were white” from “[gripping] the balcony rail,” she demonstrates that he is desperately holding on to his innocence. Jem naively believes that the town will see through Ewell’s prejudiced accusations. He has overlooked the fact that the jury will refuse to acquit the defendant because of their racist beliefs. No matter how unwilling he is to let go of his foolish mindset, Jem is forced to take a “stabbing” to his beliefs in the morality of the town and to every last part of his innocence.
Since Josephine lied in the stand, saying that Richard sexually assault her, when he only spoke to her. As a result, Lyle the man who killed him was found not guilty. Also, in Emmitt trial the killer was also found not guilty because they couldn’t really prove that it was Emmitt body due to the how badly the oppressors bit him, the family realize it was Till because of the ring he had with his initial. So because of segregation two people died for nothing and not given the opportunity to lives as free mans. The effect of this changes throughout the play shows how unfair, justice was and how some white folks set a point of power toward black as Amzi more said “a white man was superior” in Eye on the
For example, when explaining why he took the Tom Robinson case, he says he will fight for what he thinks, even if others may not like it. Atticus states, “simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win” (101). Atticus took the case because he does not agree with the rest of the town’s ideas. Everyone else believes that every black man is guilty, no matter the evidence. Atticus fights for what he believes in, even if others will look down upon him for doing it.
However, instead of working for this goal, Bob Ewell took the easy way out, and accused a black man of raping his daughter. In doing so, the upper class white citizens of Maycomb would endorse Bob and his case against Tom Robinson. However, even when Bob accomplished his goal of joining the higher social class in Maycomb, he eventually returned to his usual self. A local citizen and daughter of Atticus Finch, Scout Finch, said “He was the only man I have ever heard of that was fired from the WPA for laziness. I suppose his brief burst of fame brought a briefer burst of industry” (248).
Tom says he feels bad for Mayella, and everyone in the courthouse is shocked because African American children were taught not to “feel sorry” for white people. Lee’s novel highlighted the innocence and evils of the world and society throughout it. Scout and Jem learn that every man deserves a fair trial no matter what skin color (Smiley 504). By the end of the
Tom Robinson is caught kissing a white woman from Maycomb named Mayella Ewell. To prevent being frowned upon by the local citizens, she instead said that Tom Robinson raped her even though that was far from the truth. He’s taken into trial with the help of Atticus, and the case is unarguably one of the factors that help further the theme of innocence in Scout’s view. Atticus is determined to help Tom, even if it means that the citizens will turn against his own family because “killing a mockingbird is a sin.” As events progress, Scout is taught that discrimination solely because someone is “different” is
Tolerant is something important since one does not know why people do what they do unless they know what circumstances the person is living in. They also learned that many people do many prejudice acts, especially unjust acts through The Great Depression time. Next they learned that avoiding to combine evil with itself since it could cause worse things. Kind, being kind to one another gets you really far in life. Atticus told Jem one day “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”(103).
Both presenting themselves as an intelligent individual in the art of schooling, meanwhile they show naiveness of a child in observations of human behavior. Scout, in To Kill A Mockingbird, became well aware of cruel insults from her community about their dislike of her father’s actions. Her and her brother became accustomed and grudgingly tolerable to such insults and began to realize that the white folks could not accept the Negroes into everyday life. Maya, in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, grew up in a black community, thus not being surrounded by racism all the time. On the other hand, her brother experienced how cold-blooded the white community is toward the black.