Perspective and beliefs go hand in hand when talking about someone's personal views on society and what is morally right to them. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, Lee shows all throughout the novel that someone’s perspective can change in a matter of seconds. When Atticus educates Scout about stepping into someone else's shoes, when Jem is told that Mrs. Dubose was struggling with an addiction, and when Bob Ewell’s credibility was lost after the trial where he was exposed as a liar. All examples are prominent in this novel as well as many others. The very first sense of perspective that we get from Lee is very pronounced. When Miss Caroline had told Scout to not let her father teach her to read, Scout had become …show more content…
Bob Ewell was the plaintiff who was accusing Tom Robinson of raping his daughter, Mayella Ewell. During the trial, they called up the plaintiff to testify what he saw. Bob Ewell was under oath but still ended up lying to win the case described. Atticus saw what he was doing and ended up calling him out on everything, subtly. It was shown that Bob Ewell was left handed while Tom Robinson was crippled on that side of his body. All of the bruises were focused on the left side of Mayella’s body. Although that was not enough evidence for the jury to write off the case as a fake, Bob Ewell’s credibility was lost entirely to the public. “Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with.” (Lee 1960, pg 292). Since the town’s perspective changed on Bob Ewell, he was not much associated with and everyone deemed him as a liar. To Kill a Mockingbird uses many examples of perspective and the majority seems to be coming from Atticus. Atticus stands up for his beliefs and is teaching his children to stand up for theirs as well. Although the novel may be written in Scout’s perspective, or POV, it is well known that most of the lessons are taught by Atticus, as he plays a very large role in this novel. His beliefs and perspective go hand in hand and he was far ahead of his time with his
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When it is time for the trial to take place, Atticus forbids the kids from coming to it. This does not stop the children, however, as they show up and sit in the colored balcony with Calpurnia's, (the maid) pastor, Reverend Sykes. During the trial, Atticus demines the Ewell's credibility by proving that they are lying. During Tom's testimony, Atticus shows that Mayella was the one that advanced on Tom, and when Bob Ewell found this, he beat her. Atticus shows this through a few ways: First, he asks Tom Robinson to stand up and it is obvious that he could not have done it to Mayella; his left arm is a lot shorter than his right arm.
But perhaps it wasn’t too alarming, for Tom was still convicted. We all knew that any parent who cared about their child's well being would consult a doctor for the injuries that Mayella had. But as Mr. Ewell continued to plead his case. He came across the reason I knew for sure that Mr. Ewell was lying. He described mayella’s injuries all the right side of her body.
Bob Ewell called Sheriff Tate after he supposedly found Mayella. Sheriff Tate confirmed that Mayella was bruised very badly on the right side of her face. Knowing that Mr. Ewell is left-handed and Tom’s left arm was crippled did not favor Mayella’s
However what Lee did by creating an attentive notion of how Mr. Ewell was the one to beat Mayella was the revealing of these facts but not actually stating he did it. Thus a tension is built up out of these annotations but Mr. Ewell will not get in trouble creates an anger in the reader. It also explains why Mayella lied on the stand, because she was scared what her father was gonna do to her if she
Even though the jury found Tom Robinson guilty of raping Mayella Ewell, in that matter Atticus Finch, lawyer defending Tom Robinson, said that Tom Robinson was not guilty because he only has one arm and there is no way that Tom Robinson was able to hurt her while Bob Ewell is perfectly fine and
His claim was that Tom was innocent and could never take advantage and abuse Mayella Ewell. The first reason was that Tom could not do it because Tom is right handed and crippled in his left because he got it caught in a cotton gin when he was a young boy. This shows that Tom could do it because in To kill a mockingbird it says, “It would tend to show that a left handed person did it.”Lee 238 Logos was strengthen which was appealing to the audience common sense. Bob Ewell says in the book “I can use one hand good as the other.
Determination is a word defined as “firmness of purpose; resoluteness” (Dictionary.com). In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, determination soaks into the mindset of a select few characters in a town named Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930s. The few characters with the asset of being determined are Bob Ewell, an enemy of many, Tom Robinson, a hardworking man, and Atticus Finch, a greatly appreciated person who sticks to his beliefs.
Literature can be analyzed with many different critical lenses. While analyzing To Kill a Mockingbird, one may use a critical lens to recognize the different ideas throughout the novel. Harper Lee’s novel demonstrates her perspective on intolerance and discrimination within the early twentieth century. Firstly, intolerance of people who are different is very prevalent within the novel.
100) Scout soon learns that Bob Ewell is the prosecutor in the case. In chapter 18, Atticus proves that Bob was actually the person who beat up mayella. It takes an enormous amount of courage to beat you daughter and then blame it on someone else. At first, he said Tom assaulted her, but then changed the charge to rape.
Perspective and beliefs have a huge effect in the world and especially back in the 1930s. This is about the perspective on Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird and how it affects his beliefs. He has three quotes that really explain how perspective and beliefs that affect their everyday lives. The first quote is, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
In this town, the prejudiced jury refused to accept the obvious facts revealing Tom’s innocence. Nonetheless, Atticus strongly defended him, while consequently humiliating Bob Ewell and his family in the process. Enraged, Bob threatens Atticus, vowing to do him harm. Atticus, however, did not consider this a serious
The theme of this novel is "Not everything is the way you predict it is". I believe this thematic statement suits the story because throughout the book there are lots of surprises, and most situations don't go the way people predict they will. For example, Aunt Alexandra was first seen as mean, according to her attitude towards Scout. At the end of the book Aunt Alexandra hands Scout her overalls, as mentioned in the story, "the garments she most despised." Because she always wanted Scout to be a lady and wear dresses.
Mayella Ewell is a victim. Mayella is a victim of her father, Bob Ewell, because he is an alcoholic that abuses her. During the Tom Robinson trial, Atticus proved Bob Ewell to be left-handed. Based on Bob and Heck Tate’s testimonies, Mayella’s right eye was blackened
‘Except when he’s drinking?’ asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded”(Lee 244). ‘Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father?’ No answer. ‘Why don’t you tell me the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?”
For one, Bob Ewell’s family name is low in the social hierarchy. His family isn’t reputable. In addition, he is known to abuse alcohol which causes him to act irrational. Therefore, these factors could lead to Bob Ewell accusing an innocent black man, Tom Robinson of raping his daughter. Meanwhile, the evidence shows that himself was committing these bad crimes to his very own daughter.