The famous words of Martin Luther King still echo into our society today, "I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls". The basic lesson that Martin was trying to teach is the same that the author Harper Lee is trying to get across in To Kill a Mockingbird, that all men and women of every skin color are equal. Harper Lee shows this by depicting a white family that lives in a white town in the early 1930s in southern Alabama. Atticus, the father, is defending an African American man named Tom Robinson. He is accused of raping a white woman, and the town is against Tom because of racism, even though there is no evidence against him.
Furthermore, the characters that display courage within To Kill a Mockingbird all have something in common; they all want to do something for the better. Atticus, Boo Radley, and Mrs. Dubose are all examples of courageous characters within To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus, is just one of the wonderful examples of courageous characters within the novel. When Atticus is faced with controversy, he faces it head on and stands up for what he believes in. In the book, he is assigned to defend a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman.
The jury convicted Tom Robinson because he was colored and back then white people believed they had to stick together against the colored people. This shows that based on the evidence Tom Robinson was only convicted because of his skin color. Based on all the information provided at the trial of Tom Robinson the jury should have found him not guilty. But in the south, white people were racist towards people of color. As a result of this Tom Robinson was found guilty with no evidence to prove that he was.
As well as Tom Robinson 's unfair treatment because of the immense racism occuring at the time period and segregation still happening, there was a biased opinion towards white people and whatever they claimed, even if the claims were false. To Kill a Mockingbird” had a really big impact with the lens of African American criticism, because of Tom Robinson 's very unfair and unjustified death, even though Atticus did everything in his power, which was a lot with that incredible speech he made and proving that Tom did no such thing, he was actually a very nice young man of twenty five, was prosecuted anyhow, it impacted many people including Atticus and his children and the town i would say. This book had a major impact in many ways, and in very important way it made the audience think and reflect and have that piece of literature forever held in their hearts and maybe it left them better people or made someone discover something they didn’t know they were looking for. This book constructed a whole world a made a big revelation and engraved its roots of change for the world to see and read and
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”.
She tries to show people that blacks are just as good as whites despite all the consequences that may come. If your brother or sister was getting whipped would stand up for them, even if it means getting in trouble? Cassie did and stood up for her brother, so not
Why would Tom Robinson be labeled as a rapist right away without strong proofs of his innocence? The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book.
An important aspect of being a good person is to have empathy. Empathy helps to communicate in a way with others in a way that we can understand them. We can all grow and benefit by being empathetic. Atticus Finch demonstrates the risks and rewards of practicing empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus risks his reputation by showing empathy towards the black community by trying to help their community to be treated equally, he is rewarded with empathy by telling Walter Cunningham that he does not need to pay back his debt, and his final reward of empathy is teaching Scout and Jem the importance of empathy.
The author’s description of the court’s ruling was definite and expected because as Atticus explained, society is biased, therefore the court of all white men were always partisan towards voting in favor of a white man without allowing any arguments against him to sway them. Even though Tom Robinson was not guilty and Atticus had strongly proven him as an innocent who was falsely accused of rape, but because discrimination was a factor in the final judgement, the consequences in society’s prejudice consequently led to the suffering of innocent individuals like Tom Robinson who received discriminatory treatment and trial due to their race. Descriptions of southern beliefs during the time period throughout the book develop and clarify the major theme of the
Atticus attempts to persuade the community to not defer to prejudice and intolerant ways by pointing out Bob Ewell’s flaws and racism. Although he knows that most of the individuals in Maycomb will believe that Negroes are the reason why everything is wrong, he wants the community to know that “‘... the truth is this: 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
The Little Rock Nine endured, death threats, mental and physical beatings, fear, anger, and so much more just to prove that blacks are equal to whites and that they should be treated equally. In the end, they persevered and made a name not just for themselves, but for the black community. In “Remember the Titans”, the team surpassed racial boundaries to come together and win as a team. The black players could have easily quit because it was hard and they didn’t want to deal with the white players,