The quote has a lot of different meanings, but what Atticus meant was that everyone knew Bob Ewell is violent towards his children when he's drunk. Bob Ewell doesn't want to be put in jail, so he blames it on Tom Robinson a crippled black man. There was no point in having a trial knowing that Bob Ewell is abusive and Tom Robinson is a cripple. Also, Atticus is wise to defend a black man knowing that no matter what race he is, he's the same as any white man out there. In the courtroom, he states that, “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal…” (274).
Tom Robinson was a black man who got accused of raping a white girl. The only reason he got accused no white man did because he was a different color than everyone who was against him. Also, the whole jurors were white while he was the only black man in the courtroom. “...The evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral, that all Negroes men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associate with minds of their caliber.” Every negro did not have the same rights as a white man. The whites had a higher advantage, and everyone always took the side of the white man no matter what the situation is.
They are what is considered "poor white trash". The only lower class in the town were the African American people living in the town. This ties in to racial discrimination that leads to unfair society because tom Robinson is a black man that is accused of raping Mayella Ewell even though evidence contradicts he ever committed the crime. He was found guilty due to the fact he is a black man and it’s his word against a white man’s word this is an unfair society because the people of Maycomb county had to side with the Ewells even though Tom Robinson is innocent because the Ewells are white. Furthermore, this ties in with the quote that jack said “The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinsons word over the Ewells” (Lee.
Harper Lee illustrated Tom Robinson as a kind, church-going man. However, the town sees him as a criminal who took advantage of Mayella Ewell. The citizens of Maycomb felt that Atticus should not bother defending him because he did not deserve it. They made their disapproval known by making whispers about both Atticus and Tom Robinson, advertising a new cartoon modeled after Atticus, and assembling a mob to attack Tom Robinson in jail (Lee chapter 12).Mrs. Dubose was one of those citizens who was not afraid to make her opinion known, even to Jem and Scout, telling them, “Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising?
Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
The people of Maycomb did not agree with a white man defending a black man. Bob was a abusive father towards Mayella and everyone in Maycomb knew that, but because he was going up against Tom Robinson everyone believed Bob. During this time in Maycomb the people believed that every black person was a liar. In the trial Mayella had the advantage of being white. Mayella had a plan and she executed it.
As a matter of fact, Bob Ewell and family live in an old black cabin directly behind the landfill. What makes them have more respect in town than the blacks is simply the fact that the Ewells are white. Atticus explains to Jem that during this period in civilization, no matter what the circumstances are in a situation, the white person will be believed over a black person because the generalization was all African Americans were filthy liars and unsafe with a white man's woman. “There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn't be fair if they
To begin with, bob Ewell’s behavior during trial was provocative, ignorant, and gave off a vibe of untrustworthiness.Prejudicial behavior gave residents a sense of comfortable superiority which limits their ability of development as humans. To begin with, Bob Ewell’s behavior during trial was provocative, ignorant, and gave off a vibe of untrustworthiness. Ewells disrespected the judge as soon as he enters the court for he causes a commotion coming in late. He stated “ get out to his house quick, some nigger’d raped his girl.” (Lee 108-109) This explains his behavior, Ewell’s actions are provocative having the need to do and say as he pleases, because he thinks fully of himself and feels comfortable at where his positions stands. Later into the trial it is bob ewell turn to take the witness stand while continuing to be as cocky as ever, but as the questions demanded more detail atticus reaches a standing point that ewell is left handed but tom is not because he got his arm ripped loose by a cotton gin meaning there is no possible way that tom could have done anything”bob Ewell.. [...] signing it with his left hand, and Tom Robinson now sits before you, having taken the oath with one only good hand he poses- his right hand” (Lee 208) Atticus Finch then discredits Ewell and demonstrates that it was not Tom who had made the injuries for his left arm was 12 inches shorter than his normal arm and could not inflict damage with one arm.
Racism, a factor in Rodney's verdict, an all white jury decided on a black man's fate against four LAPD white officers who tenderized him. They wasn’t a moment where any of Rodney's thought or ideas were taken into account or justified. Racism relates to collective behavior in 1992, because blacks do not agree with the treatment or verdict of how Rodney was being treated, it is a form of Structural strain because racism was the underlying problem that created this negative situation. They wanted to defend and retaliate, they want their rights to be heard which caused them to act out in such a rash
He uses this by saying “ there is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie =, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire.” By saying this Atticus is forcing the jury to feel compassionate because they realize their own fault. Atticus also says “All men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the Executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us.” When Atticus says this it reminds the jury to have compassion because all men are created equal. Even the black
So when he was being accused for an unspeakable crime with Mayella when she was the one who tried to subdue him in kissing her and he rejected her you can’t imagine how he felt. Keeping this in mind think about when Atticus says to scout “You can never really understand a person… until you climb up into his skin and walk around in it.” (pg.90) and you were in Tom’s position you would feel horrible to have helped this person who is now trying to lock you up or give you the death penalty. Why would Mayella do this to him when he helped her and kept her company? Take a walk in her sink and you would see she was horribly lonely and was neglected all the time at home and then you did a unspeakable act of kissing a black you would want no one to know so you would call him a liar and say he did something horrible to her to get him out of the picture. In conclusion the quote “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” teaches Scout and the reader that it would be wrong to kill or harm something good and innocent in the world because they are good and innocent, would make the world a worse place, and they do for us it.
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.
Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling” (264). “You felt sorry for her?” This condescending remark Mr. Gilmer makes shows his fury and his supposed superiority that the majority of Maycomb felt towards black people. Just based entirely off of the color of Tom’s skin, they seem unable to accept or view the story from his angle. Emphasis on the word “you” is used in a derogatory manner that screams prejudice, and Mr. Gilmer seems incapable of seeing how a black man like Tom could possibly feel sorry for “her”, a white girl like Mayella. Because the social ladder is built based off of race, Tom immediately gets cast to the bottom without a second thought.
One more assumption that is made in this novel is that African Americans are to be treated as less than white men. Tom Robinson, for example, is proved guilty in his trial for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell just because he is a black man, even though the evidence clearly shows that he is innocent. In Atticus’s closing summation, he says, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (204)” This quote is saying that black men themselves are not a problem, but that it is the whole human race that should not be trusted.