She shows this through women not being allowed to take part of the jury, people being judged on their social class or their different lifestyle but the most prominent is racism since the jury convicts Tom for a crime he didn't commit just because he was black. A powerful quote said by Atticus to Jem was the following: “[s]o far nothing in your life has interfered with your reasoning process.” (295). I think this shows that anyone was once innocent as a child, but as one becomes older and aware of the evil, they get influenced to do evil as well. However, they are still good people. Scout and her brother start at the beginning of the novel innocent.
During the jury voting, Jem could not believe his eyes, “ Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them” (278). Watching Atticus try cases for years, he knows in court that justice prevails. He thought for sure that Tom was free, the evidence was crystal clear. He could not see what reasosn the jury had for a guilty verdict, but when the verdict came out as guilty, he was mad because he knew it was a racist verdict from the jury. He remember back to all those times in which racism was displayed and he attributed those times to the trial and how racism is everywhere and everyone shows it.
He is a mockingbird because he is “unloved” by his family and he does not hurt anybody. The quote, I asked Dill where his father was: ‘You ain’t said anything about him.’ ‘I haven’t got one.”’ explains that he either does not have family or he has family who doesn't want him. Dill is a little boy who is a Mockingbird in this book because his family does not want him and he does nothing to hurt others. Another example of a Mockingbird is Tom Robinson, who was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit. The quote, “‘Seventeen bullet holes in him.
Jem is shocked by the verdict: ”His [Jem’s] face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting…‘It ain’t right, Atticus,’ said Jem. ‘No son, it’s not right.’ We walked home” (p284). The inequitable judgment forces him to confront his previous morals of justice and goodness; realizing that they seldom patch up with the real world, it leaves him lost and vulnerable. Notwithstanding, he still manages to retain
Stereotypes have been a big issue, and some of the stereotypes found in this book is, Boo Radley was a crazy person, stereotypes on girls and lastly black people are not equal to white people. Firstly, an example of stereotypes in this book is all about Boo Radley. Just because he never came out and had to be taken care of by his brother everyone thought
The court won't hear his side they think he is lying because Tom is black. It reminds me of when Rosa Parks went to jail for refusing to move out of her seat. To Kill a Mockingbird uses lots of stereotypes, which we use a lot in society. Kids pick up things pretty fast from their parents or just a random person which may leads kids to stereotype. I would say that everyone even kids and adults judge people for their religion or what race they are.
The turning point in his maturity occurs at the end of the Tom Robinson trial. Jem is confident that with the evidence shown in the case, the jury cannot possibly convict Tom. When he learns that the verdict is guilty, he is devastated. The text says, “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Nelle Harper Lee, the citizens of Maycomb give and receive respect from the amount of conformity that is shown. At the beginning of the book, Jem is given little respect, Atticus is given a lot of respect, and the Radleys are given almost no respect. As the novel progresses, Jem matures and learns responsibility as a young adult. Atticus loses a bit of respect because of his defense of a black person. Meanwhile, the Radleys never conformed much and so never gained much respect.
In the novel it states “cecil jacobs made me forget he had announced in the schoolyard the day before that scout finch's daddy defended niggers i denied it but told jem” (lee, 74) this piece of texts shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because the white children where labeling tom Robinson as a nigger. In the novel it also states “depends how you look at it he said what was one negro more or less among two hundred of em he wasn't tom to them he was escaping prisoner” (lee, 235) this piece of text shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because all the townspeople thought tom robinson was guilty because he was black but if he was white he would have not been guilty. In both of these texts it shows that Since tom robinson was black he would never win the trial even tho he did nothing
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.