Compare And Contrast Tom Robinson Trial In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the story, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the trial of Tom Robinson and it's outcome was viewed very differently by the people of Maycomb. In particular, Atticus's view, the children's views, and the townspeople's views are very different. This has to do with the people's connection to the trial, or their prejudices. Tom Robinson was found guilty of a crime he did not commit, all because of racism. The trial of Tom Robinson pertained to the accusation that Mayella Ewell was raped by a young negro man named Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was defended by the lawyer Atticus Finch. Atticus had made two valid points while defending Tom showing Tom's innocence. These two things were that Tom's left arm was crippled, so he could not have hit…show more content…
The reason they had agreed was because of the “usual disease of Maycomb”, as Atticus called it, which was prejudice and racism. The townspeople felt that it was important for African-American people to be kept in their place, because of their racist beliefs. Although, there were townspeople who disagreed with the outcome of the trial. Like Miss Maudie, for example, who supported Atticus and disagreed with the final verdict. She had told the children that Atticus had done a great service to the town. Also, there was Mr. Underwood, who had risked his job when he wrote a lengthy editorial in the newspaper that condemned the injustice of the trial of Tom Robinson. Although the majority of the townspeople had agreed with the verdict of the trial, it had come as a surprise to the kids. The children were actually shocked by the verdict. They believed that it was obvious that Tom Robinson was innocent, and they had thought he would be acquitted. Since they were children, they had not saw why Tom had been found guilty. They were very naive about the racism and prejudice that existed in Maycomb at the time. Like when Jem said, “It ain't right Atticus... How could they do it, how could they?”, it shows that he did not understand why the verdict was

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