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”
This is especially depicted in the trial scene. The court case is clearly going in favor of Tom Robinson, however, because of the intolerant nature of the people in the courtroom and on the jury, it appears that there is no possible way for Tom to receive justice. Jill May writes about this and conveys, “ No one, save Jem and his youthful converts, expects Atticus to win. The black minister who has befriended the children warns, ‘I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man’”(304). The concept of southern justice is illustrated here because even the faithful and lively black onlookers recognize and anticipate that the court will rule in favor of Bob Ewell, yet they watch in sorrow at the unfair cruelty of the horrible injustice.
Essentially, the root of all problems stems from prejudiced situations, social inequality is created by religious, ethnic and many other forms of discrimination. Social inequality is defined as ‘the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society’. In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, specifically, it is created by racism, classism and gender. Inequality factors into the course of the story in very evident ways ultimately causing extreme injustice. Harper Lee’s masterful novel exposes the dark underbelly of society, a society overflowing with hate, narrow mindedness and prejudice.
The most important thing in To kill a Mockingbird is Injustice, Love and Sacrifice, and Power of words. Being a colored person can be difficult because you can face injustice. Many people in Maycomb think color persons are worth nothing. “ Cry about the simple hell people give other people without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too”(Lee, 269).
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.
From To Kill A Mockingbird, After getting home from the court case, Jem is upset “What, son? Said, Atticus “ “How could they do it?” Atticus responds by saying “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again when they do- it seems only children weep. Good night.”(213) Jem is clearly conflicted over Tom being guilty. Jem unlike the other Maycomb residents realizes the crudeness and unfairness of the case.
For one, Bob Ewell’s family name is low in the social hierarchy. His family isn’t reputable. In addition, he is known to abuse alcohol which causes him to act irrational. Therefore, these factors could lead to Bob Ewell accusing an innocent black man, Tom Robinson of raping his daughter. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that himself was committing these bad crimes to his very own daughter.
There are many destructive forces in this world that may destroy our humanity, crush our beliefs and deplete our morals such as, greed, arrogance, anger, ignorance, etc… but none more powerful than racism. Racism is one of the worst kind of prejudice in society, and as illustrated in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by what occurred to Tom and Helen Robinson, and Bob Ewell, there’s no doubt that racism can ruin people’s lives. In some ways, everyone in Maycomb were more or less affected by racism. An unnecessary evil, it brought misery to all who harbour or are victims to it. The most apparent victim of racism in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is Tom Robinson, the black man who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell.
Good and evil are always going to overlap each other, and people have different ways to portray it. During the 1930s, racism was a hot topic, when black people were put on jury they were automatically be guilty and white people always have the upper hand. “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret court of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (Lee 241). This is a perfect example of good and
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme to think for yourself through diction, imagery, and symbolism. In the first place, Harper Lee uses diction to develop the theme to think for yourself. For example in this quote it said, “ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (372). This shows how diction in this quote makes it more powerful by describing how Boo Radley sounded through Harper Lee’s choice in words. Also another quote with good diction is, “we never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad” (373).
“Keepin’ it real”, an essential standard in the distinguishing racial identity as an African American, or so it was until Mark Steyn drags it through an abrasive bath of satire and exposes it for what he truly thinks it is, a detriment to the black community, and society as whole. Steyn exposes the hypocrisy and flaws in mindset African American cultural leadership that has allowed this new "outlook" to flourish through a scathing assault comprised of exemplification, irony, definition. An instrumental tool in his tirade against the cultural leaders whom he believes are dragging down the black community is exemplification. Using this technique he is able to deconstruct the issue and attack its individual facets. He introduces
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).
During the trial, Dill is distraught by the way Mr. Gilmer, the prosecutor, speaks to Tom. Dill does not think anyone has the business to talk that way and “that old Mr. Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him,” (265) made him sick. Mr. Gilmer interrogates questions like “Are you being impudent to me, boy,” (264) and acts toward Tom as if he is an untamed animal being trained and not a full-grown adult. Although Tom Robinson is treated harshly, Jem believes Atticus, the defendant lawyer and their father, has won the case because of the strong evidences presented and the fact that Tom is innocent (279). When the jury pronounce Tom guilty, Jem is exasperated and “his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulder jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them,” (282).
Today and in the past, prejudice makes a man blind to the truth. The greatest instance of prejudice blinding the truth in To Kill a Mockingbird is the trial of Tom Robinson. In spite of Atticus proving without a doubt that Tom could not have raped Mayella Ewell the jury lets their own prejudices and preconceptions take precedence over the facts of the case. To the members of an extremely biased jury, Tom was guilty the moment he stepped onto Ewell property. The jury closed their minds to the truths of the case because the facts did not