Tom Robinson Innocent Analysis

1197 Words5 Pages
Tom Robinson: Innocent of Rape, Guilty of Race When I was in pre-school, I was friends with a kid named Darius. He was black and friendly to everyone. Then there was this other kid whom I have forgotten the name of. He was nice to most people, but very rude to Darius. It seemed like anytime there was trouble and no one knew who did it, he would blame Darius. I was too young to understand why he was so rude to Darius, I was only four. Now, at fifteen, I know enough to find that he was racist. This was the first time in my life I found out about the “wonderful” ideals of racism. Racism is also found in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book, Tom Robinson is on trial in 1930’s Alabama for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell and, in the end; found guilty, sent to jail, and ultimately killed. However, the reason he is found guitty is because the color of skin. Tom Robinson is innocent due to the character of Bob Ewell, the racism of the story and its setting, and the trail and its aftermath. The first feature of Tom’s innocence to examine is the character of the man who accused him, Bob Ewell. On Page 41, Atticus says the following, “ It’s against the law alright, and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way from crying from hunger pains” (Lee). This quote shows of the neglect Bob gives his children. It is shown throughout To Kill a Mockingbird that Bob is a major
Open Document