Tom Robinson's Guilty

617 Words3 Pages

Tom Robinson was a guilty man even before he even entered the courtroom; along with all the other African-Americans living in the south at that time. Even though it was obvious that he was innocent, due to the evidence pointed out by his lawyer, Atticus Finch, he was found guilty merely due to his race. It’s pretty obvious that the theme in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is racism and prejudice, and the discrimination of the African-American community was the most evidently shown. For example, the blacks were regarded as tools or objects to be used in labour, and were given very little, to basically no rights. Even in the trial, blacks and whites sat in separate sections, and all the members of the jury were white! Also, Tom Robinson wasn't …show more content…

Interracial relationships were frowned upon in Maycomb, and if word gets out that a white woman tried to seduce a black man, God knows how the people would react. Even before the trial began, a group of white men went to the prison were Tom Robinson was being held, with hopes of killing him, probably thinking that killing him would mean that he wouldn't be able to reveal what happened, thus protecting the reputation of the Ewell’s and, more importantly, the white community as a whole. Also during the trial, Tom Robinson openly stated that he felt “sorry” for her, which was a mistake. When he said that he felt “sorry” for her, he, indirectly and unintentionally, made it seem as if he thought he was above her, which wasn't the case. In the movie, you could tell by the uneasiness of the white audience that they felt shocked, disgusted even, that a black man, who they considered to be the equivalent of a dog (or worse), would ever dare pity a white woman. His pity for her was a crime in of itself. In my opinion, Lee included this embarrassment of a justice system in order to show us the unfairness shown towards the black community at the time, and the fact that no matter what, a black person will always be inferior to a white person, regardless of their social class. Tom Robinson, a family man, a

Open Document