Whatever chance he chose, Tom faced an ill fate with racismâs stamp on it. If he returned to court, the racist jury would convict him and he would be hung, and when he tried to escape, the racist prison guards not only killed him, but mutilated his body with unnecessary bullets. Tom Robinsonâs life was first ruined, then ended, by racism. Also victimized by racism and its
Tom is then convicted and sent to jail where he dies an unjust death. In To Kill a Mockingbird the character Mayella is ultimatley the one to be held responsible for Tom Robinson's death because she has a lack of self control, develops a minor relationship with Tom, and lies in court. Mayella's
He explains that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird, because they don't do anything bad to anyone, they only sing. This same lesson can be applied to characters in Lee's novel, such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, based on the fact that they're innocent people that are harmed and wronged by the evils of humanity. In some way, each of them are like mockingbirds, and by harming them, innocence is destroyed. The idea of mockingbirds representing innocence is a lasting one for the duration of the novel, and forces readers to take a look at the bigger picture. Perhaps the most relatable event to the symbolism, the Tom Robinson case depicts the destruction of innocence first hand.
However, Tom believes he will once again be judged by the color of his skin, and no evidence of any kind could prove his innocence. So, Tom makes an attempt to escape from jail. He is brutally shot seventeen times. The prison guards, filled with racial contempt for the Negro rapist of a white woman, not only kill Tom, but they also brutally mutilate his body by firing so many times. Mayella’s false accusations and lies caused Tom’s death.
After Rosaleen pours her snuff juice on three white men, she and Lily are sent to jail. The three men followed them on their way. They request for Rosaleen to apologize and once she refuses, one hits her head with a flashlight. T. Ray comes to take out Lily out of jail and leaves Rosaleen behind. T. Ray then tells Lily that one of Rosaleen’s attacker is considered the towns worst racist and that he would kill Rosaleen even if she does apologize.
The lack of knowledge in Maycomb about the outside world and their opinions about black people ingrains ‘Maycomb’s usual disease’ into their minds as they have no other opinions about black people. This is shown by the crowd’s outrage as they gather to lynch Tom, not knowing that he was innocent, but blinded by ... ... middle of paper ... ...sirable traits to have as they can motivate you through the toughest tasks and drive you to do what should be done instead of abandon your duties. In conclusion, Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the horrible prejudice and ignorance towards black people in the southern town of Maycomb, but also shows wisdom and compassion as not only desirable but necessary traits to have to withstand the bombardment of pre-conceived ideas from the people surrounding you, and also portrays these qualities as a shield to people around
It is visible here to that Odysseus lost Self-control and could not maintain himself firm when homer writes, “Wildly they turned and scanned the walls in the long room for arms; but not a shield, not a good ashen spear was there for a man to take and throw. All they could do was yell in outrage at Odysseus: ‘Foul! to shoot at a man! That was your last shot!’ ‘Your own throat will be slit for this!’ ‘Our finest lad is down! You killed the best on Ithaca.’ ‘Buzzards will tear your eyes out!’ for they imagined as they wished—that it was a wild shot, an unintended killing—fools, not to comprehend they were already in the grip of death.
Nor should any man or woman should be judged because of that. In my opinion it is wrong. So that is my statement on this whole trial. I think that George Milton is guilty, guilty for the murder of Lennie Small. He should be thrown in prison for life for taking anothers and being so irresponisble about this whole
Yet his white lawyer tries an angle which only proves to be futile in the courtroom but completely shatters every ounce of Jefferson’s soul. His attorney publicly calls him a hog, and asks the court to see that he’s an animal which lacks the intellect needed to pull off the robbery and murder he was falsely accused of. This occurrence marks the beginning of Jefferson’s living death and paves the beginning of what’s to be a long and arduous road for both him and Grant Wiggin’s. On this road, many lessons are learned and exchanged. Grant Wiggins is
Elie Wiesel suggests through the events and thoughts of his characters that hatred kills innocence. Captain John Dawson’s death is a literal metaphor for the death of innocence. The Movement captures Dawson and holds him captive and as a bargaining tool to retrieve The Movement’s own captured man David ben Moshe, who is held captive by the English for attacking the English and attempting to steal from their arsenal. Captain John Dawson could not be any more innocent yet is killed because of the hatred harboured in the hearts of the terrorists holding him captive. These terrorists do not see an innocent man sitting before them, they see an instrument capable of effectively communicating the depth of pain they feel by indifferently expending the life of Captain John Dawson, as well as an instrument publicizing to the other Jews The Movement is fighting back their anger, pain, and hatred for the people who wronged them.