To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Novelist Harper Lee, in her book To Kill a Mockingbird, depicts the racism and inequalities in the town of Maycomb by having a white man, Atticus Finch, defend Tom Robinson who was black. Lee’s purpose is to show the world is unfair between races and we need to have compassion for others. She adopts a serious tone to appeal to people’s morals to do the right the thing by those seeking changes for equality. Throughout his closing argument, Atticus ensures credibility, mentioning God, and by presenting evidence that Tom Robinson is not guilty but someone in the courtroom is, to explain Mayella’s reasoning to lie. When Atticus presented the “circumstantial evidence to indicate Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left hand”, he mentions Mr. Ewell “did what any God-fearing . . . man would do” sign out a warrant “with his left hand”(Lee 232). Atticus is implying that the left-handed man who beat Mayella has to be Bob Ewell because he is left handed, just like the man who beat her. This gives reasonable doubt that Tom Robinson was guilty because he only has a good right hand. By giving the jury facts, the men could conclude the only logical answer is it was not Tom Robinson who beat Mayella Ewell. He appeals to the jury’s beliefs by referring to God in his compliment to Bob, since all the men are Christians. The compliment makes Atticus look credible and saying God’s name makes the jury feel obligated to do the right thing. He makes

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