Tom Robinson Discrimination Quotes

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Rajan Dosanjh
Mrs. Haber
ENG 1D0A
January 18, 2017
To Kill A Mockingbird Theme Essay
Discrimination is a societal issue which has been prevalent for a long time and still brings people down in today’s society. Discrimination can be defined by the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex (www.dictionary.com) Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird is based in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb where a man named Atticus Finch is appointed to defend a man named Tom Robinson who was accused of raping a teenage girl. As well the adventures of Jem and scout Atticus’s children. This book conveys Harper Lee's message in To Kill a Mockingbird that discrimination can affect
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This quote relates to discrimination of race which leads to unfair society because the trial hasn't started and Cecil Jacobs and the townsfolk already believe that Tom Robinson is guilty even though there is no evidence to suggest that he is guilty of the crimes placed against him. People are basing their opinion on their own racial prejudices/discriminatory, and are assuming that because he is a black person that he committed the act, although no evidence was presented. This leads to an unfair society because the towns folk do not know the full detail of the case and are leaning toward the Ewells side due to the fact Tom Robinson is a black man living in a white man’s world where his words and his side of the story is not heard because he’s black. Another reason why that discrimination of race can lead to unfair society directly leads to Tom Robinson for example Uncle Jack states: “The only thing we’ve got is a black man’s word against the Ewells’. The evidence boils down to you Did-I-didn’t. The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinsons word over the Ewells” (Lee.117). The…show more content…
For example, in the novel Jem was attacked by Mr. Ewell “He won’t hurt theses children again” (Lee.358) this quote relates to how discrimination can harm those who are innocent because Jem was attacked by Mr. Ewell because Jems father Atticus Finch “destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial” (Lee. 292) and Jem was hurt because Atticus destroyed the Ewells reputation or what was left of it and Jem got attacked which is related to the theme how innocent people can get hurt due to discrimination. Another reason of how discrimination can harm those who are innocent in the book To Kill a Mockingbird are for example when Jem was attacked by one of his peers and was discriminated against for example “my folks said your daddy is a disgrace” this is an example of how discrimination can harm those who are innocent because Jem is an innocent person in the whole case against Tom Robinson and was attacked because her father was defending a Blackman which is unfair to jem who is just a bystander who got caught up in the mess of the case against Tom Robinson . These are the reasons of how discrimination can affect those who are innocent in the character Jem Finch and how someone like jem a young man can be affected by the turmoil of the people in
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