But that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to change a big part of the novel. Taking out the “n-word” would not only be taking out some of the history but also some meaning and significance of the novel. Many readers see To Kill a Mockingbird as a racist book because it shows the whole truth about that time period. The “n-word” was just part of everyone’s vocabulary back then it was used many times even in the same few sentences like when Atticus’ daughter Scout asks: “Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” (pg 77). But no one really tries to look at the situation from any other perspective.
Although Martin Luther King Jr is talking about the social injustice Africans Americans were facing in the 1960s, this also relates to how the reader and Matt feels about the legal system. Matt is not content with the unjust verdict that was reached by the legal system so it is time for him to take matter into his own hands. Taking matter into his own hands means killing Richard to complete his revenge, but when he does it is clear it was not the ethical thing to do. Reason being that even though Richard killed Matt 's son, Frank was still dead and nothing could change that. Matt 's felt unfulfilled with killing Matt and when he tells Ruth what happened he says “ the words had no
He lost all hope that he previously had in Atticus and the justice system.The invisible man was convicted of a crime he did not commit and feared his life as an objective to rape. Atticus promises Tom an appeal, but Tom could not see how the court would decide any different. A short time later, when Atticus delivers the news that Tom had tried to escape prison and while in the midst of climbing the towering barbed wire fence, was shot and killed he gives context to the situation when saying “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own”(235-236). Atticus tries to control a circumstance which is uncontrollable and with this, he was hopeless in himself and Maycomb. He uses his vast knowledge of the justice system and faith in the Judge to let the town have an ounce of control.
He lost a case because of a racist jury and lost his freedom and life along with it. To begin with, Tom Robinson is affected by racism because he is black and in society black men are not to be trusted near woman and since he was accused for raping Mayella Ewell, jury and Maycomb citizens believed that Tom Robinson was guilty. For instance, “[…] the evil assumption- that all Negro men are basically immoral beings, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women […]” (Lee 273). This shows us that many white individuals believe that black men are immoral beings and should not be trusted around woman, this instantly clicks into the jury’s mind leading a head start for the Ewell to win the case and even the jury already jumping to conclusions with their final decision with racial judgements. Tom Robinson is also affected by racism due to losing his life and freedom because of losing a case which he was accused.
With that being said, innocence being ended is also a major theme in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” For example, Jem is the only one between him and Scout that truly understand what’s going on. He understands that what’s happening with Tom Robinson is wrong. After the judge convicts Tom as being guilty Jem tells his father “it ain 't right, Atticus” (212). Later in the novel Tom tries to escape prison and ends up being killed and that crushes many hearts, including Jems. The next way his innocence is put to a halt is when Bob Ewell breaks his arm.
If Mayella would not have lied, her father would have beat, hit and abused her both physically and emotionally. Due to the physical bruises on Mayella, Atticus was able to grasp the idea that she was being hurt and made him question what really happened that night. Some could say she also lied because of what everyone in the town would say. When Mayella was not honest, the community could not understand the real incident, which caused the society to move backwards during this racially tense time period. Similarly, another major character in, To Kill a Mockingbird, was Dolphus Raymond.
Mr. Gilmer would have said it’s the jury duty to convict Tom Robinson for what he has done. That Mayella will never know peace until Tom is hung for his crimes. That with Tom running free no women would be safe. He would want to play up the stereotypes of savage black man that can’t be trusted with white women, because that would hit home with the men on the jury. This tact Mr. Glimer hopes to distract them from the lack of facts.
The Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been placed among the list of "most frequently banned books” because the use of racial slurs and the telling of people getting rape with the use of profanty. In my opinion, the book is a very good book and it tells a very good storyline. Back Then that is what people did and talked like, you can’t change the past of what people did calling other people names and the racist comment people told one other. That was part of history when there were colored people and white people and the two groups did not get along. In 1968 the National Education Association placed the novel second on a list of titles receiving the most complaints from private organizations.
The book was challenged by a middle school in Brentwood, Tennessee in 2006 because the book contains “profanity” and “contains adult themes such as rape and incest.” The complaints also say that the book promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.” The people that say that are people that are trying to ‘protect’ other people from knowing and understanding what happened in the past because they believe that if they do know and understand what happened in the past then they will become racist and believe in white supremacy. These kinds of people are like the Holocaust deniers who believe that six million Jews where not murdered despite all of the evidence against that. George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are bound to repeat it.” Nothing like the Holocaust has happened since because people have learned from their mistakes. If school students are
William Godwin once said “No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who lost them.” In accordance with this quote, Tom Robinson had lost his innocence according to the court and his integrity according to the Maycomb residents. Hypothetically, if Tom had one the case, many of the townspeople would still view him as guilty because they presuppose that he is because he is black. In the chance that he would be let out, he would still have been treated as a guilty man. There was nothing to look forward to if he were to win the case, he and his family would be treated awfully along with everyone who supported him. In his mind there was more hope in the next life than in continuing his present life.