A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty." This quote is an example of how Atticus was pleading to the jury to make the right choice. He wanted justice to happen even if he was the only man in the whole town to stand up for an African American, Tom Robinson.
Huck did not expect this but Jim refuses to leave until Tom gets a doctor to help him. Huck is a witness that Jim truly cares about tom and that he is a good friend. This act of kidness suggests Jim cares more about Tom being okay than his own freedom from slavery. Jim does stay by Toms side and Huck went out to get a doctor but Huck says “I knowed he was white inside” (263). I think Huck means by this that he can truly see Jim for who he is and not his skin color because most slaves would not care about a white man being shot because most while males are slave owners.
Reverend Sykes is witnessing the trial of Tom Robinson. Jem believes that Tom will win, but the Reverend is convinced that he will lose. The difference in opinion has to do with societal beliefs. In Maycomb county, people of color are perceived as wayward,or insubordinate, in the eyes of the white half of the town. This accounts for the fact that a black man has never won against a white man.
By listing how “some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity than others” and how “some people are born gifted”(Lee 233), Atticus proves to the jury they are not equal to Tom Robinson. He doesn’t want the jurors to convict Tom based on their fear that black men will gain more power. He alludes to their fear of blacks becoming more powerful to reassure this one case isn’t going to change anything. Atticus reassures the men they are only equal because the law reads in “courts all men are created equal”(Lee 233). By establishing this with the jurors, he explains in their court system a black man is equal to a white man and a poor man is equal to a rich man.
Atticus Finch is treated poorly for the choices he made because he wanted to help other people. Despite the racism in the town, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of raping a White women in the segregated south. “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man.
Nonetheless, both men may not be so different after all. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, moral empathy is not adequately represented towards other Maycomb County folks, especially towards the black community; people are just people and no one is naturally different from anyone else, excluding the fact that there are some people who take advantage of their power. Early in the novel, the author introduces the readers to a divided society in which both the young and old, are heavily inclined towards discrimination against “powerless” people, especially the black community that is settled in Maycomb. In pursuance of addressing this dilemma, Atticus says to his daughter Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee p. 48) This quote is what essentially makes up the whole story. However, the jury in the trial does not seem to share this idea because they convicted Tom Robinson, a
Tom Robinson was a black man convicted of rape at a time when the Jim Crow laws were at their most potent, thus there was a large power divide between the white population and the black one. Since the jury was composed of all white men the odds facing Atticus’s success in this case where astronomical. However, Atticus chooses to take the case. In taking the case alone Atticus demonstrates great social courage, for social courage is when you persevere to the end of a task despite social adversity and pushback. This pushback is shown by multiple instances in which Jem and Scout are made fun of for their father is a “n****r lover”.
He realizes that life is not as fair as it should be after the trial the trial of Tom Robinson and how people accused him of rape because he was black, even though he was clearly innocent and there was no solid evidence to prove him guilty. One piece of evidence from the novel that shows how Dill was at the beginning of the story is when Scout says “Dill’s father was taller than ours, he had a black beard
Perhaps the most compelling evidence of the mockingbird 's symbol of innocence is the character of Tom Robinson. Tom is a young, married black man who lives in Maycomb. During the book, the people of Maycomb convict Tom of a crime he did not commit, eventually leading to his demise. In reality, his only crime, as Atticus Finch, Scout 's father says, was having, “the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white woman.” The woman mentioned is Mayella Ewell, a young poor woman abused by her father. As Tom feels empathy for her situation, he does little chores for her.
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.
Which, then shows how children know right from wrong, even when most do not. Harper Lee wrote on pages 116-117, “‘The only thing we’ve got is a black man’s word against the Ewell’s...The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson’s word against the Ewells.’” To Kill A Mockingbird also states, “Jem smiled. ‘He’s not supposed to lean, Reverend, but don’t fret, we’ve won it...Don’t see how any jury could convict on what we heard-’...’Now don’t be so confident, Mr. Jem, I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man,”’ on page 279 paragraphs 6-7. Harper Lee then continues on page 282 paragraphs 2-3 to write, “A jury never looks at a defendant it has convicted, and when this jury came in, not one of them looked at Tom Robinson…’Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty.’” Then, on page 285 paragraph10 it says, “‘They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it-seems that only children weep.’” This all comes together to prove that the children, Jem especially, saw how the verdict should have been and then goes on to suggest that if the jury had been made up of kids the verdict would have been much faster and would have been right because the children would not have been blinded by public opinion. So, the irony of Jem believing Tom Robinson would be free and the belief everyone else had including Atticus that the jury would convict Tom Robinson, shows that adults have come to believe that justice no longer matters, while hypocritically teaching their children that it
To Kill A Mockingbird Extra Credit In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the theme of equality is evident while the trial is going on at the courthouse. For example, a Cunningham on the jury wanted to believe Atticus’ side of the trial. The Cunningham showed to be equal as he debated with the other people on the jury about how a black man could be innocent. In addition, equality was shown in the courthouse as Judge Taylor assigned Atticus the Tom Robinson case. Taylor knew Atticus would treat Tom as an equal.
Atticus is known around town as a great lawyer in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. One specific case was given to Atticus to defend a black man against a white girl. During this time period, African Americans were looked down upon based on their race. Atticus knew he would not win because many members on the jury were racist, but he dedicated a lot of time to the case anyway; therefore,
Lastly, Atticus Finch, possibly the most important symbolic character, represents justice throughout the whole novel. Atticus practices and teaches his children to be morally correct and to do what is right. Going against what the majority of the residents, Atticus hopes for justice and tries to do what seems impossible in Maycomb—prove a black man innocent based solely on the word of a white family. Although the case doesn’t conclude in Tom’s favor and Atticus doesn’t get the just verdict he wanted, Robinson is eventually avenged by another mistreated member of Maycomb—Boo Radley. Atticus proves himself a good lawyer, however, justice is not served until Boo Radley finally kills demented Bob Ewell.