The definition of rape is unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth of another person, with or without force, by a sex organ, other body part, or foreign object, without the consent of. the victim. Innocent until proven guilty is recognized as the slogan for our country’s law system. But back when segregation was still around and if you were African American it was the other way around. For Tom Robinson in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee his fate was judged as so.
“Scout, I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…” (227). Prejudice and discrimination are major issues that are present in the town of Maycomb; Scout and her brother Jem are young children who learn about the disturbing existence of the bigotry that they were previously unaware of in their familiar southern hometown throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent African American who is accused of rape by a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird introduces a world that harbors prejudice against some of its very citizens and describes how discrimination was a major flaw in society and still is a flaw present day society. The author, Harper Lee develops a major theme of people should not discriminate against others solely due to prejudice on the basis of differences for it leads to consequences using dialogue between the characters, thoughts from the narrator 's perspective, and descriptions of beliefs during the time period throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird.
There are various themes in the book To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) by Harper Lee. What stuck out was “Don’t spread lies”. This is my claim because people were spreading rumors about Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley who were both very important characters. The people in this story said Tom had raped Mayella. The people were telling stories about Boo that he had gone to jail when he was little, which caused many people in the town to be afraid of him.
He shows tolerance for other races and cultures and believes that those who walk this earth are all equals. Atticus proves his beliefs by running to court and defending an African American man in a rape case. Mayella Ewell proclaimed that Tom Robinson raped her despite definitive evidence showing that it was a prevarication. Atticus knew this, but still knew that he would lose the shell due to it being the word of a white man versus a dark adult male. He resolved to proceed with the event anyway and used up on enormous quantities of hatred for his activities.
Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores. She later on tells the readers that it was false allegations. The reason why she didn 't tell the truth at her first trial was because, Mayella was afraid of being embarrassed because she kissed a black male. She rather have an innocent man get charged with a crime than that. “However, Robinson was transferred from the state prison to Maycomb 's county jail on Saturday, two days before he stood trial on Monday, and Atticus had to defend him against a lynch mob”.
The Ewells had a made a fake case to make a statement and because a black man was living better than a white man was in this day in age. The nonequality within the courthouse was one of the main reasons it went the way it did. The courthouse was supposed to be the one place where everyone is equal no matter the skin color. A place where people tell the truth under God’s name without getting judged by people or hurt for someone chooses to stand up for. Racism is still alive whether you go down south or up the street.
When Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman, accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape, Atticus takes up the trial and will represent Tom Robinson in court to help prove his innocence. The trial goes on and on and many witnesses are called to the stand but, in the end Tom Robinson loses. He is found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. The theme of “race” is brought up a lot in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, and that’s the theme to focus on. Race has been a controversial issue going back four centuries, and this novel portrays race in an unfamiliar way to others, but very familiar to Lee.
To Kill a Mockingbird is written by the novelist Harper lee who discuses for the readers an important social problems as ethnicity in south America that the book shows an unworthy look of white people towards African American people. In the novel , the American judgment had shown their favoritism for the white people in which Maycomb city witnessed a false allegation that a black guy accused of rapping a white lady. The plot and the characters in the novel are originated to Harper lee’s life with her neighbor and her family that the events took place near her home town in 1936 when she was young. The title of the novel to Kill a Mocking Bird is an indication about singing birds which don’t hurt anyone but they make pleasure to people
Imagine that you are a black man that was caught at the scene of a crime that you did not commit, but you are to blame solely based on the color of your skin. Tom Robinson is a black man who is accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Tom being black and Mayella white, he is automatically convicted of that crime and sentenced to death. The authorities would take the word of Mayella over Tom any day. Scout and Jem are the children of Atticus Finch, the lawyer who is trying to defend Tom Robinson in the court.
During the trial, Tom Robinson tells Atticus that he ran out of the Ewells’ house when he saw Mr. Bob Ewell. Atticus asks him why he ran and Tom replies, “Mr. Finch, if you was a n***** like me, you’d be scared, too” (195). Tom knows that he will be unjustly accused of committing the sexual assault due to his race. This is because Mayella’s word will be taken over his because the people of Maycomb would believe a white woman’s sworn testimony over that of a black man, even if it was not credible.