There is no proof of any crime, so there should not have been a guilty verdict. The Ewells could have been lying because most likely Mayella tempted Tom. Back then if you were involved with a colored person you were disgraced by the whole town. Mayella could have been trying to cover this up and get Tom arrested so he wouldn't be able to tell anyone. The jury convicted Tom Robinson because he was colored and back then white people believed they had to stick together against the colored people.
For example, Mr.Gilmer uses Pathos when making Mayella explain what happened on the supposed day Tom abused and took advantage of her, the reasoning is that in the book it says “Mayella stared at him and burst into tears. She cover her mouth with her hands and sobbed.”lee241 When this scene happened Mr.Gilmer was questioning Mayella. This showed a negative holistically in the argument; Pathos was strengthened because of the reason it appealed the audience emotion making them feel bad for her, this helped the argument because the audience felt emotion when Mayella was crying this might cause an unbiased audience to feel and think that Tom could possibly be guilty. Also, Mr.Gilmer used Ethos appealing to the audiences good morals for this reason
This town has a sickness, it’s racism, and when the city found out, Atticus is partaking in a black man’s case the whole family gets made fun of and people yell at them. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird many themes run throughout this book, but there are only a few themes that stand out. Racism, maturity, and justice. These are the central themes shown almost everywhere in To Kill A Mockingbird. One tremendous theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is racism.
When Tom Robinson went to court for his rape case, he had lost the case before the jury even had time to come up with the verdict. I can prove this by saying"Scout realizes that although it may appear that Tom is given a fair trial, “in the secret court of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth.” Scout understands that, despite evidence of the contrary, the white jury will believe a white person instead of a black person"(Champion). Even though Tom was innocent just because he wasn 't white he was set to die the moment he stepped into the courtroom. If people saw past his skin color and actually looked at the evidence.
Today, August 26, 1935 in Maycomb county, is the day of the trial for Tom Robinson and we have a big update. We have already had a couple of witnesses speak, Mr. Heck Tate and Mr. Ewell. Beside that, we are here because Mr. Ewell has brought us all here today accusing Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella. We find out that Mayella had bruises all over her body and was hit in her right eye. When Atticus was questioning Mr. Ewell, he asks him to write his name on an envelope.
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee uses negative connotation and vivid symbolism to persuade that being judged by an outward appearance or backstory can affect a person negatively and make the judgers feel superior. Lee uses an outstanding amount of characters to persuade this but some distinctive characters that she uses is Aunt Alexandra and the Cunningham’s. Lee also uses the Ewells and Tom Robinson to persuade her meaning. In chapter twenty-three Scout asks Aunt Alexandra if she can play with Walter Cunningham but Aunt Alexandra declines the request and does not give Scout permission to play with Walter. She explains why plus starts to judge Walter.
In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has many themes but none more evident than the losses and suffering of innocent people. For example, Mayella Ewell expiriences this theme as she is forced by her father to go along with the false accusation of rape comitted by Tom Robinson. As stated by Atticus Finch it wasn’t Tom but Mayella who committed this, "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.” (271). Mayella jumped on Tom and Tom couldn’t defend himself because he could hurt her.
That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 103). Harper Lee is using the mockingbird as a symbol of innocence. The characters of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley are tied with the symbol of a mockingbird because they are innocent. Additionally, these characters were destroyed in some way as a mockingbird would be killed. Tom Robinson is described like a mockingbird - peaceful and innocent.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central, 1982. In Harper Lee’s fictional novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a young girl named Scout Finch is forced to grow up quickly in her hometown. Scout is faced with racism and hypocrisy in the town as her father defends an African American man who has been accused of raping a white girl.
Jan Lopez Mrs. Herrick English 2 Honors Pd 4 16 January 2018 To Kill a Mockingbird: Essay #1 Throughout history, an individual’s status in society would have been determined by one’s affluence. Discrimination based on one’s level of wealth are one of the fundamental values acknowledged in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel resides amidst the prevalence of segregation and economic declination of the American Great Depression, thus instituting a difficulty in one’s survivability. In conjunction with this time of calamity, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird instills an apparent disparity of economic classes that is distributed amongst its characters throughout the Alabama town of Maycomb. This notion of economic disparity is manifested