Tom Robinson Racism

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In Harper Lee’s historical fiction masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, the rarely appearing character, Tom Robinson, acts as a linchpin for the plot. He was created by the author for the purpose of causing encounters, causing references to his life, and sharing his insights on life that highlight the theme: other should not be prejudged by race. Atticus mentions Tom Robinson to Uncle Jack at the latter’s home. Atticus feels worried about the case because,” the only thing we’ve got is a black man’s word”(Lee 166-17). This insinuates that people of color get perceived as liars when their words contradict those of a white person. Harper Lee’s tool for dispensing morals, Atticus, finds this practice considered normal by society to be wrong. His disgust for this system is depicted how badly he wants to keep his kids from these standards in the line,” I hope... I can get Jem and Scout through it without… catching Maycomb’s usual disease.”(Lee 117). Atticus’ mention if Tom Robinson in the beginning…show more content…
When someone doesn’t commit a crime, their unwavering story and ample evidence should prove their innocence. Yet in Tom’s case, the other side’s story changes repeatedly and incorporates many holes but Tom still found himself convicted. According to Mr. Tate, Tom Robinson punched Mayella’s,” right eye, Mr. Finch”(Lee 225). Not only does this differ from Mayella’s retelling in which her left eye is punched, this would be difficult for Robinson, with his left arm mangled from a cotton gin. He can’t blacken her right eye while choking her but the jury only saw his dark skin. Tom’s reason for running even though his innocence is true,” it weren’t safe for any nigger to be in a fix like that”(Lee 265), draws attention to the unfairness of his trial and probably his entire life. For no reason other than his appearance, an innocent man had a death sentence placed upon
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