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”.
Restoration of Hope Imagine you were a black man living in the 20th century, and you were accused of raping a white girl. Because she is white and you are black, you are declared guilty and given the death penalty. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, a man of color named Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white girl. Atticus, the father of the main character Scout and her brother Jem, is selected to defend Tom from the death penalty and a crime he didn’t commit. Scout retells their story and eventually Tom’s death.
The Portrayal of ‘Relative Justice’ in To Kill a Mockingbird The correlation of justice and prejudice dwell as a perpetuating conflict in the United States. Case in point is racism, which is deeply analyzed on the 1960 Pulitzer-awarded novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee focalizes this novel upon the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man charged by the rape of a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Racial prejudice is thoroughly presented in the novel, but what originally transpired as discrimination evolves into an inferno of injustice, particularly in the debasement and death of one of the ‘Mockingbirds,’ the impoverishment of his family, and the humiliation of his race. The whole novel is presented by the protagonist, Scout, as a tomboyish naive adult retrospectively recalling her early ages.
In the book, he is assigned to defend a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman. When Atticus’s daughter, Scout, talks about what happened at school, she says that “...the school buzzed with talk about him [Atticus] defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary” (Lee 92). The racist people of Maycomb, Alabama were all annoyed and horrified at Atticus for taking the case. Many people at the time believed that all black men were criminals. The townspeople did not feel like Atticus should be defending a negro.
If Judge Taylor were to have had a say in whether or not Tom Robinson was guilty, Tom would have never gone to jail, and would most likely still be alive. Judge Taylor focuses on the facts, and the proof, so when Tom was declared guilty, although he knew it was going to happen from the beginning, it probably still stung a little to him. With each ‘guilty’ added to the poll, the reality of the trial sunk in, and it was hard to believe the society in with he was a part of. Like Atticus said, “this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant,”(203). John Taylor was the reason Atticus had to defend a black man, Mr. Taylor not only supported Atticus, but he supported Tom Robinson as well, he knew Tom was a good guy, with the unfortunate luck to get caught up in the trial.
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
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.
In our society, innocent people, known as mockingbirds, experience prejudice in their lives. A/T: In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Background: Tom Robinson is a black person who’s was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell which he has never done. For this reason, Atticus Finch was appointed to be his lawyer. As a result, Atticus takes a stand for him by approving his case and standing up for him, but Tom was still found guilty. Thesis:While some may believe that Atticus should not have taken a stand for Tom Robinson because of his race, Atticus proves that he should, in fact, take a stand to give Tom a voice and because it’s the right thing to do.
To Kill A Mockingbird You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view - Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. My topics were how is empathy demonstrated or learned by Atticus, How is Empathy demonstrated by Scout and How is empathy demonstrated or learned by Jem. How is empathy shown throughout the characters among the storyline? Atticus believes that not only black people but everyone deserves a fair go whether it's a court case or not. When Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell everyone in Maycomb was for the side of Bob Ewell and Mayella, The white people always put their word before a black man's word.
“ You can kill as many blue jays and robins as your heart desires, but don`t kill a Mockingbird, that is a sin.” - Atticus Finch Pg(93) Through the works of Harper Lee in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, we are introduced to the question, it it worth taking a stand for yourself, and for others. The book “To Kill A Mockingbird” deals with a post reconstruction era in the south, and the effects of racism in the court system, with the main protagonist Scout dealing with the effect of the town lawyer and her father, Atticus dealing with this racism when he is asked to defend an African American man for raping a white woman. Through the actions of Mrs. Dubose, Judge Taylor, Tom Robinson, and Atticus the town lawyer , it is demonstrated that it is worth taking a stand for oneself,and for others as well. It is worth taking a stand for yourself, in fact, it goes against the golden rule which states that doing not doing bad to others is what you should do, because you are giving yourself the hard time, when you know that you have a chance of stopping it, which makes you a bad person. If you stand up for yourself, you might allow other people to then stand up for themselves, and that is doing something good for them, which helps them further, and it the extension of the golden rule.
Therefore, if one was colored the trial wouldn’t be in their favor. The trials either would end in the conviction of death or the least likely, time in prison. In the Scottsboro Case and the book To Kill a Mockingbird the victims lived hard lives and were influenced by others. Aside from that the physical evidence was weak as well as the testimonies. The Scottsboro Case was the only crime in American History to produce many trials, convictions, and retrials as the alleged rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers on March 25, 1931 (Linder).
Mr. Finch knew that at the beginning of the case that he had no chance at winning, but that wasn’t excuse for not trying to nor defend Tom. Atticus Believes that everyone deserves a fair chance of justice, “‘Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,’ Atticus said” (Lee 78). He knows that Racism is almost like a Culture in Maycomb, which doesn’t help Tom 's side of the case. But that doesn’t matter for Atticus, he believes in equality off and on the court. Ultimately, Atticus wants Tom to have a fair trial that shows the truth, and has been attempted by
The U.S. Supreme Court encountered various difficulties in trying to overthrow Jim Crow. After the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) decision, it makes things difficult for the court to overturn its “separate, but equal” ruling. Heading into the 20th Century, Black civil rights in America, particularly in the South were met with swift opposition. It was in large part due to the Supreme Court ruling that gave those states the power to enforce discriminatory legislation. In Robert J. Cottrol book, “Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution”, he described the Jim Crow era as it dealt with public education.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority is a person’s conscience” (Lee 57). Many people will silence their opinions because they are not conventional. However, if nobody spoke up in situations about things like acts of racism, the world would be even more abhorrent than it already is. Everybody has opinions and those ideas should be recognized in a tasteful way, free of hatred and bitterness. A fallout between friends or a small possibility of something does not mean that one must give up or end a bond.
When the jury pronounce Tom guilty, Jem is exasperated and “his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulder jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them,” (282). Even though “rape is capital offense in Alabama,” (293) meaning the prosecuted will be sentenced to death, the children could not believe the jury has sentenced a guiltless man to death. According to Atticus, it is a sad truth that an accused African-American has never won a court case and “when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins,” (295). Although it is a sad truth, Atticus believes