In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongly accused and tried for the crime of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, and is being defended by his lawyer, Atticus Finch. According to the book it’s written “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own.” This shows how Tom struggled emotionally because Tom was emotionally tired of being controlled by others, letting others have the opportunity to control his life and what happened to his family. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Tom ran for it even though he knew there were high risks of him being killed, which shows how the caged bird in the poem “Caged Bird” is much like him. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is compared and contrasted to a free bird and by examining the circumstances of Tom Robinson’s life, I say that he is very much like the caged bird. For instance, in stanza two it’s stated “His wings are clipped and/ His feet are tied/ So he opens his throat to sing.” If we compare the bird’s wings to Tom Robinson’s hope, the feet to his heart, and his action of running to the action of opening his throat to sing, we can visualize the song that Tom Robinson would sing, one about him losing hope and not wanting anyone to control his life anymore, and so in this manner he is very much like the
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
When Calpurnia is scared she is still able to comfort Scout such as a mother would to her child by saying, “‘Don’t you fret,’ Calpurnia whispered to me, but the roses on her hat trembled indignantly,” (Lee, 158). When it is clear that Calpurnia and Scout have no relation, whatsoever, she still is able to reassure her. She continually proves her solicitude towards Scout by teaching her about what goes on in the world and by caring about her well being, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Calpurnia knows that they would not be connected other than the fact that she works for them and has to watch over them. Nevertheless, Calpurnia goes above and beyond when she decided to take their own needs before her own, by comforting them and not letting them worry about something, when she is clearly worried herself.
There is a myriad of examples to be seen of Jean Finch being disillusioned by Atticus. For example, in chapter 8 of Go Set a Watchman, Atticus says, "I especially liked the part where the Negroes, bless their hearts, couldn't help being inferior to the white race because their skulls are thicker and their brain-pans shallower—whatever that means—so we must all be very kind to them and not let them do anything to hurt themselves and keep them in their places." This quote said by Atticus lists Negroes as an inferior race that needs to be supported and lead by white people. This shocks Jean by Atticus saying that he is far superior to the Negroes in all ways when in the past Atticus stood up for them and tried to give them equality. Another case of a racist comment from Atticus, in chapter 17, asks, "Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters?
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.
The Dark Horses of Society Every person has something that drives them. Some do it for fame, fortune, love, respect but not all have a specific reason for their doings. Some argue that the quietest people are often the most powerful. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Arthur “Boo” Radley is the most powerful character in the story. To begin with, Boo Radley saved Jem and Scout.
Atticus lives by a code: let your conscience be your guide. That’s why he takes on the case at the heart of the story, the defense of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Scout tells Atticus that most people in the town think it’s wrong to defend the accused man. But Atticus explains that “they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.
In Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, we can see there is a clear disparity the between classes, especially between the blacks and the whites in Maycomb county. Throughout the book, it is implied that (as far as class is concerned) the richest black person is far lower than that of the poorest white person. Due to the class disparity between the two races, the whites of Maycomb would be considered to be "better off " than the blacks and are also considered above them. When Scout, Jem, and Dill see Tom empathizes with Mayella, their idea of class is flipped upside down. This would teach our main characters that empathy transcends race and
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch employs pathos and diction in his closing argument to the jury and the people of Maycomb in order to persuade them to see beyond their prejudice and free Tom Robinson. Atticus informs the jury about the evil assumptions that society makes about Negroes. Pathos is used to persuade the jury when Atticus says, “Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” (Lee 273). In saying this, Atticus tries to convince the audience and jury that everyone is capable of making mistakes, and differences in appearance does not mean that groups of people are superior to others.
Atticus, a distinguished lawyer, raised his two kids, Scout and Jem, to be disciplined youth, practicing honest morals. Everyone in Maycomb admired Atticus for his respectable character, just as they all abhorred the Ewell family, for their cheating and lying ways. However, Atticus’ prominent role in town was suddenly challenged when he was chosen to defend in court Tom Robinson, a black man whom Mayella Ewell accused him of taking advantage of her. Eyes that once looked up to Atticus with deep admiration, now glared at him in disgust. In this town, the prejudiced jury refused to accept the obvious facts revealing Tom’s innocence.
Harper Lee explores prejudice in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ through the contrasting characters in Maycomb County and how these characters differ with others of similar roles in similar situations. This essay will look at the contrasting attitudes of the two fathers; Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell and how they are both involved in racial prejudice. Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia will also be compared in how their roles involving social prejudice differ. Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell are two fathers with clear contrasting morals which Lee uses to explore racial prejudice. Atticus is a kind and compassionate father who always intends to do what is right ‘if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in town’.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader to understand the setting, and irony to show character and develop theme. Prejudice, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is described as the “simple hell people give other people without even thinking”, and the novel powerfully portrays examples of racial and social prejudice. Body Paragraph #1: Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader better understand the setting to better understand the book and it’s many themes. A part of a quote from chapter one states, “disturbance between the North and South”. This refers to the Civil War in 1861-1865, which gives the reader an estimated time period of which the book took place in, also relating to the segregation.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, two children grow up facing issues of race, poverty, and identity in Mississippi during the 1930s. Their family bonds even as a trial for life continues to create discourse through the town’s normal dynamic. Throughout the novel, there are many opportunities where readers can learn life lessons alongside the characters which in turn allows for lessons then to be expanded on in their own lives after reading. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee uses her characters’ false pretenses to prove that appearances can be inaccurate. When withdrawn from society, false rumors spread which hide a person’s true self.