Like Bob Ewell for example when he was killed. In To Kill a Mockingbird, it says, "At that moment Aunt Alexandra came to the door and called us, but she was too late. It was Miss Stephanie's pleasure to tell us this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (page 217). This shows Bob being treated equally by being killed because he wasn’t a nice person.
Bob testified accusing Tom of rape, but there was a lot of evidence in the sheriff's testimony to prove that Bob was lying in his testimony, like how the sheriff said that when he heard about Bob's daughter. Bob was expected and sounded happy about it. This evidence shows that Tom is the mockingbird. His innocence is starting to be destroyed, not just by Bob but the jury, and all the white people that are just stereotyping Tom because of his color. In this next quote, this is more in depth on the town of Maycomb and how they stereotype blacks.
When someone is to bring up the case around Jem, he tries to shut them down, he does not like hearing about it. Tom was found guilty and was soon killed after going to jail, and that hit Jem very hard, he was very tore up about it. In the book Jem specifically says, “No sir, they oughta do away with juries. He wasn’t guilty in the first place and they said he was.”(295) Jem constantly throughout the book claims that Tom is not guilty and wants it to change, and doesn’t know how to except that the jury said different and that’s how it has to
Some time later, after talk about Tom Robinson’s court case has calmed down, Scout talks to Jem about something that she witnessed at school earlier that day. Her teacher Miss Gates repeatedly denounces Hitler, condemning his prejudice, but she then makes a racist comment to Miss Stephanie after school: “‘I heard her say it’s time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us’” (331). Although Miss Gates is from Winston County, a place that tried to secede from Alabama when Alabama tried to secede from the US over slavery, she falls into the typical Maycomb mindset when she moves there as a
Why don’t you come over here and try to smack me?” (211). Arthur, under Erik’s commands, struck Luis with a blackjack on his head when unfortunately, he had an aneurysm in the same spot which burst after he got hit by the blackjack in the head, causing him to die a few days later. This furthermore affected Paul since he risked himself in trouble for helping Tino and Victor get away for attacking Erik due to his own attack on Luis, which caused Paul to get suspended out of all Tangerine County schools for the rest of his semester, kicking him out of the Tangerine Middle soccer
By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught. However, the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee captures readers into this 1930’s town that moves you to realize how harsh racism was and how if affects the lives of many innocent people. Indeed, to kill a mockingbird is a
The theme of this novel displays the moral fight in all humans. In the case of Tom Robinson everyone knew he was innocent yet they chose to convict him anyway. The kids also jumped to conclusions about why Boo never left his home without actually thinking about how silly they were being. The title of this novel perfectly portrays the lesson that is being taught. Atticus says “it’s a sin to kill mockingbird”because all they do is“make music for us to enjoy .
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem believe Maycomb is Unjust because The Maycomb he used to know is not like what it is now, Which is shown when the prejudice members of his community are against Tom, Lula refusing to let Jem & Scout enter their church, and When he was punished for destroying Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. To Start Off, Scout was explaining on how the final verdict of the jury & judge affected Jem & loss faith in the citizens of Maycomb. Scout says, “I shut my 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” (282). Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community.
“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.” - Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird. A character like atticus is why To Kill a Mockingbird can explain the ugly things in the world like racism through his words to Jem and Scout which lets us understand what Atticus is saying but also the deeper meaning behind it. Similar effects of this is also seen through symbolism in the books with mockingbirds but most important would be the dog. As in chapter ten of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee uses symbolism and character to come to a theme that racism is a disease that drives one mad until death is a better option than living. In To Kill A Mockingbird
Furthermore, this ties in with the quote that jack said “The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinsons word over the Ewells” (Lee. Page 117) because Tom Robinson lives in an unfair society where his opinion doesn’t matter in the face of the people in Maycomb county. I conclusion Tom Robison has faced discrimination in its worst form and due to the unfair society he’s been placed in he was wrongfully convicted and killed. Discrimination is
Ewell would lie about the occurrence between Mayella and Tom. One of the first reasons Mr. Ewell would lie is he is the one who hurt his daughter. In the novel Atticus was trying to prove to the jury that it is possible that Mr. Ewell beat up his daughter. Scout says to herself, “…Atticus was trying to show, it seemed to me, that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella.”(Lee 238). Atticus made it very easy for the court to see that it was a grand possibility that Mr. Ewell indeed beat up his own daughter for wanting to be with a black man.
The truth is that Mayella kissed Tom and Bob saw what she did. After Tom ran away, Bob was the one that beat up Mayella, and then called, Sheriff Heck Tate and blamed Tom for what he did to Mayella. Even though everything points to Bob being the one to hurt Mayella, the jury still convicts Tom guilty to the charges because the jury could not look past that he was African American. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the three characters that show prejudice behaviors are Aunt Alexandra, Mrs. Grace Merriweather, and Bob Ewell. One character that is prejudice is Aunt
Atticus and Mr. Tate knew that Boo would be killed if the town found out that he had killed Bob Ewell, and so they agreed that Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. When Atticus asked Scout if she understood the situation, she said “...Mr. Tate was right... it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (Lee, p. 276). Scout plainly said that Boo Radley is a mockingbird and the events in the story prove it to be true. To kill a mockingbird is to kill one’s innocence and although there were other “mockingbirds” in the book, Jem Finch and Boo Radley were definitely important ones. Their innocence was killed by the evil in the world around them and that’s what makes them mockingbirds.
Margo, insecure and just another papergirl to others, attempts to destroy everything in her paper town that harms her on one final mission, but instead she hurts herself in the long run because she pushes back the people who care about her. A couple weeks before graduation, Margo convinces Quentin, a boy she has not spoken to in nine years, to embark on a revenge plot against all of the people who have wronged her. During the journey, John Green, the author, shows the readers Margo’s broken interior that has been stomped on by her ex-boyfriend and so-called friends.
One time, Mrs. Dubose calls Atticus a ‘n-lover’. Jem gets furious and in retaliation, snatches Scout’s baton, running “flailing wildly up the steps into Mrs. Dubose’s front yard. … He [Jem] … cuts the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned, until the ground was littered” (Lee 137). When Atticus gets home that evening, he steps one foot in the door and yells to Jem to see if he was responsible for Mrs. Dubose’s yard. When Jem responds that he is, Atticus berates him and says he has to go over to her house and read to her for two hours everyday for a month.