“To Kill a Mockingbird” helped voice Harper Lee’s opinions of injustices in America. Throughout the text the following characters suffered prejudice: Scout Finch, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson symbolises the millions of black people who were convicted unfairly of crimes they didn’t commit. Scout experiences many injustices because she is so young and just a child. Miss Caroline unfairly punishes her when she tells Scout she’s not allowed to be taught to read anymore.
Scout is amazed by the response of the townspeople after her father takes the case of Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping a white girl. After Attics takes the case children mock Scout and call Atticus, her father, a nigger lover. In addition, people that she has always thought of as good and friends show up at the house to make threats if Atticus continues to take the case. When she begins to recognize that Tom is innocent during the trial both she and her brother are shocked that he is found guilty.
To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson’s Trial I looked around nervously while the people of Maycomb entered the courtroom. I knew that I was innocent and Atticus as well thought that. My only worry was the word of a white man even white trash as Mr. Ewell was more credible than the word of a black. Mr. Tate the town’s sheriff was called to the stand to testify. Mr. Tate said that on the night of November 21 I raped Mayella Ewell in her house, I don’t remember what day that was because I don’t keep track and don’t have the best of memories.
i. Tom wasn’t only shot 17 times, he was also unjustly ruled guilty before that. Racist southerners were the root in both incidents. ii. Bob Ewell attacked the kids, with a knife, and eve broke one of their arms. The kids had done nothing wrong to him, but he felt prejudice towards them due to the actions of their father.
“He hit me agin an agin… He chunked me on the floor an choked me ‘n took advantage of me.” Mayella is saying what happened when Tom Robinson raped her. She’s saying Tom hurt her multiple times, threw her on the floor, choked her, and raped her. Mayella Ewell during the trial was hostile towards the lawyers. Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson’s lawyer, had Tom Robinson as his witness to give his testimony. “ She says she never kissed a grown man before a she might as well kiss a nigger.
Colored folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re half white; white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere (Lee 161). “Well, Dill, after all he’s just a Negro” (199). Rape- protagonist’s father defends a man accused of rape “It was the night of November twenty-first. I was just leaving my office to go home when Mr. Ewell came in, very excited he was, and said to get out to his house, some nigger’d raped his girl” (167). “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella (173).” Offensive language Use of the word “nigger” conversation between Scout and her father, she asks if her father defends niggers.
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD; HARPER LEE The Pulitzer Prize winning 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is a memorable and poignant novel. It is based on a young girl's view of the events that occur in her town during the time her father is appointed to defend a black man accused of the rape of a white girl. The book is split into two parts, the first deals with setting, development and the introduction of characters as well as Scout's thoughts about them. The second part of the novel is based on the drama that occurs just before and during the trial and the events afterwards that involve a drunken Bob Ewell and a shy but heroic Arthur 'Boo' Radley. The story is based in Maycomb, Alabama in the deep south of the United States during the
To Kill a Mockingbird How it relates to today To Kill a Mockingbird relates to today in quite a few ways, but there are definitely ways that it does not relate to today. There are some things that will never change that maybe should though. There have been many changes in society since the book was written, but not everything was changed. Kids act the same as they used to; they get into fights because of their parents opinions and what they say. There are some parents, from the story and now, that are not good role models for their kids.
They were nine african american teens arrested for crimes they didn't commit. Having to go to court with poor representatives, biased juries, and a little bit of evidence led to the nine boys being sentenced to death. (Other half of paragraph missing) Harper Lee's purpose and perspective in writing To Kill a Mockingbird, was to illustrate to the reader the severity of the racial issues in the south during the 1930's. She wanted to show that white people are just as bad as colored people. Tom Robinson's trial
The Novel To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee, is about innocence and prejudice in the small sleepy town of Maycomb County Alabama. The main character Jean-Louise Finch (aka Scout) and her father face difficult times ahead because Atticus (her father) has been appointed to the trial Tom Robinson. Tom who is black is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell, Mayella’s family would be considered the lowest of the lows in Maycomb but simply because they are white they are above hard working honest men like Tom. When the trial comes to pass Atticus clearly proves that this man is innocent, however because of the racism against blacks in Maycomb he is found Guilty and dies trying to escape from his fate. Tom is a prime example of a Mockingbird in this novel.