In a racially charged atmosphere, “white trash” Mayella Ewell ignores the morality and conventions of the community, and makes a sexual advance on Tom Robinson. When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
Because Mayella was so lonely and ashamed of what she had done, Mayella accused Tom of raping her even when he resisted all of her sexual advances. When the case was taken to court, the jury ruled that Tom was guilty mainly because of his skin color. In conclusion, because of this negative relationship, Mayella did something that was socially unacceptable, Tom was shot dead, and there was corruption throughout Maycomb County. Some men felt so much anger toward Tom they tried to kidnap him from jail just so they could kill him on their own. I believe the lesson the author, Harper Lee, is trying to teach is that unlike Mayella, we need to take responsibility for our actions.
Tom Robinson, an innocent black man falsely accused of rape by Bob Ewell and his daughter, represents Lee’s message about justice for African-Americans in American society, specifically in the South, in the 1930s. She gives explicit proof as to the fairness of the court system when Reverend Sykes tells a confident Jem, “I ain’t never seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man” (Lee 279). This indicates that justice in court trials was not properly served and was unfairly favored towards whites. Robinson’s trial also reflects the motif of killing a mockingbird. Scout is told in the story that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,” because they “don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy” (Lee 119).
When trying to convince someone to believe what you believe, what you say and how you say it can affect the out outcome. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus uses this to his benefit for his closing statement in the trials. Atticus Finch is a respectable lawyer who chose to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American who was accused of raping a white woman. Tom is innocent, but in the 1930s the word of a black man 's against a two white peoples was not worth much. Mayella, the girl Tom supposedly raped, asked Tom to come inside and help with a broken door.
Krone felt that he’d win this case for sure. Even in light of this new evidence, Krone was found guilty, again. “I remember the judge saying, this case was going to haunt him for the rest of his life, because it was hard for him to believe that a person like [Krone] was on trial for a murder that [Krone] did not commit. [Krone] was about to be sentenced for something [Krone] didn’t do, He had lingering and residual doubt that his guilt, and he sentenced him to 25 years to life.” Krone said. Krone went on to serve six more years in prison before finally being exonerated based on saliva and blood DNA evidence that matched the true culprit, Kenneth
This story makes me think about OJ Simpson, he was acquitted for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, but a year later he lost a civil suit to their parents which essentially made him guilty of the murders. But long before either jury had a chance to vote on his innocence or guilt he was found guilty in the “court” of public opinion. The public opinion vote will haunt Simpson through his entire life, people will always see him as guilty and think he got away with murder. Much like OJ, the chief will have the “court” of public opinion to contend with the rest of his career in Pamlico county. Whether the chief is innocent or guilty, this will tarnish his reputation and people may not trust him the way they once did.
In chapters 17-24 in To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem and Scout observe their father in court defending Tom Robinson (a black man) from the accusations of the Bob Ewell (a "low grade ' ' white man). Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of sexually assaulting his daughter; Mayella Ewell. Before the fate of Tom Robinson is given in the possession of the jury, both lawyers have a final attempt at convincing the jury that Tom Robinson should/shouldn 't be prosecuted. Atticus starts off his closing remarks with the fact that he believes that the case should have never come to trial and that the case "”is as simple as black and white." Atticus uses his credibility as a renowned lawyer in Maycomb County and his confidence in Tom Robinson 's to prove the jury of Tom 's innocence.
It showing that parts of the judicial system are unjust. They put so much fear into the teens that they didn’t know what to do and were just saying anything to be with their family. By making a deal with the teens in exchange for a story I felt that was wrong because they are lying about what happened and they stores have different parts off the back I knew they were going to jail. Later on the right man who committed the crime confessed and the case was vacated against all five teens. They have every right to file for a settlement for what they went through it was unfair and they were granted a settlement for $42 million which they deserved.
Atticus made it very easy for the court to see that it was a grand possibility that Mr. Ewell indeed beat up his own daughter for wanting to be with a black man. From the quote I can sense that Atticus is proving very well that Mr. Ewell beat his own daughter, however no one in the courtroom wants to believe this statement is true. There is also substantial evidence leading to the fact that Mr. Ewell aggressively attacked his own flesh and blood. Scout ponders about Mr. Ewell being left handed and thinks, “If her right eye was blacked and she was beaten mostly on the right side of the face, it would tend to show that a left handed person did it.”(Lee 238). As I interpret this quote I can see that more evidence is proving Mr. Ewell to be guilty of hitting his own daughter.
To Kill a Mockingbird Argumentative Essay In our society, we are all judged and discriminated based on the minority of race, class and gender. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird follows the childhood of Jean Louise, or “Scout”, Finch in the 1930’s. One of the most significant events in the plot is the case of Tom Robinson, an African American man accused of raping 19 year old Mayella Ewell. Scout’s father Atticus Finch was Tom’s attorney and brought strong evidence to prove he was innocent, but he was still convicted and sent to death because of racial injustice. While class and gender have a role in To Kill a Mockingbird, race is the most significant because the case of Tom Robinson led him to his death even though he was proven innocent, which proves the theme of racial injustice.
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 60 Minutes put out an interview piece about Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton and attempted to show how eyewitness testimony is flawed. Thompson was the victim and survivor of a rape and Cotton was the accused. Cotton served nearly 11 years before his exoneration, the eyewitness conviction deemed flawed. However, not flawed eyewitness testimony only convicted Cotton but the power of suggestion, finger pointing, and some unconscientious persuasion as well. There is no skirting around the terrible event that happened against Thompson.
In his first trial, Wright was pressured by deputies to confess. He accused Charlie Weems and Clarence Norris of raping Price and Bates. Despite him later claiming his statements were coerced, his own trial ended in eleven jurors voting for a death sentence and one seeking life in prison. He spent the next six years in jail without a retrial before finally
Seconds later her father saw and Tom barley escaped. When Bob Ewell saw what had happened he came in and started beating Mayella. Weeks later they decided to take this to court. Mayella was a stout woman with a florid face for being on her fathers side, shooting out spurious clams about what happened that day. In the courtroom, It was hard because of the undue amount lies being told, but I proved Tom is innocent because of
After she heard those stories she never looked at him the same she hated him...literally. One day she and her father had to go into questioning with Trujillo because they found Leo’s paper and they made a deal that if she rolled a high number he would send her to law school and she did so the deal was made and her father went to jail and when he was released he died from being tortured.When Minerva finished law school she was upset because she didn’t get her license to practice and she knew Trujillo had something to do with it so she came up with an idea to start a movement against him to help everyone get freedom and it worked but in a tragic way, her and her sister Mate were in this movement which caused both of them to go to jail.