Tom Robinson Guilty In To Kill A Mockingbird

515 Words3 Pages
In the 1930’s, in Maycomb, Alabama a small town is alerted with rape charges, from Mayella, who an African American, Tom Robinson is guilty for. Tom Robinson is not as powerful as he thinks when he takes the stand to plead not guilty, is he really?Mayella does take the stand and plead not guilty, Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird, tells us that her class, race, and gender find her not guilty. In general,...”White people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs;Ewells negro neighbors wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she was white”("DBQ: IS Mayella Powerful?" 21)… Any race you are, you are still going to ignore Mayella by her lifestyle and the way she is treated. In fact, she gets offended when she gets called Ma’am , mainly because she has never been respected in her life…”Won’t answer a word you say long as you keep on mockin’ me.’ she said. Ma’am? Asked Atticus, startled. Long’s you keep on makin’ fun o'me”("DBQ: IS Mayella Powerful?" 21)...…show more content…
Certainly in this case since Mayella is white and privileged for the color of her skin tone’ the present time”The Ewells have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court...confident that you gentlemen would go along the assumption, evil assumption, that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings,that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women…” ("DBQ: IS Mayella Powerful?" 19)Tom Robinson could have lied about feeling sorry for Mayella, because all Negroes lie.
Open Document