The quote connects to the lives of Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, and Dolphus Raymond. It relates to boo Radley because the whole town is singling him out to be such a bad person when he seems like he just doesn’t want to go out. It also shows that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The quote also connects to Tom Robinson’s life because he is struggling with segregation and he is being put on trial for something he did not do just because he is black and Mayella came on to him. He also relates to the quote because he is wrongly convicted of raping Mayella, even though everybody knows he did not but they just see things the way they want to see it and the way they see it is that it is one more black man out of the way.
“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. (75) “Your father is no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” page 102 other foul language “You like words like hell and damn now, don’t you?” page 79 “what’s a whore lady?” page 87 Challenging To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird
Through To Kill A Mockingbird, the reader puts on the shoes of a little girl, Scout, and traipses through this familiar town and learns of social injustice by seeing it affect not only a member of the town, but her own father. The societal ills To Kill A Mockingbird comments on the most are race and the morality of acceptance. Race is the central issue of To Kill A Mockingbird. With Scout being white and coming from a seemingly middle class family, she does not understand racism or its effects on those for whom the hatred is intended. Scout’s hero, her father Atticus, says to her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .
Many react negatively because of Tom’s color. For instance before the trial takes place Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, confronts Atticus and says, “you nigger lover” (). Harper Lee uses the word nigger in her book because during this time period many African Americans were referred to as “niggers”. Bob Ewell also stated later on while talking to Atticus, “I’m real sorry they picked you to defend that nigger that raped my Mayella. I don’t know why I didn’t kill him myself instead of going to the sheriff” ( ).
The only reason Tom was found guilty, was because he was black and Bob Ewell was white. A white man’s lie always beats a black man’s truth. What happened in the courtroom that day was lack of equality. The black man was treated differently because of the color of his skin, which makes it unfair to Tom. The second example of equality occurs when Tom Robinson was in jail waiting for his appeal.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the rape trail of Tom Robinson vs Mayella Ewell, an African American man accused of raping a white teenage girl was held in a bias court room of Maycomb County. Tom Robinson was proven innocent but the end verdict did not match the proof, because no jury would chose to listen to a black man over a white girl due to the state of prejudice Maycomb was under. Racism this town got to the point where when Atticus Finch, a white lawyer chose to represent Tom in the case he was a disgrace and an outcast to the white community. Not only Atticus but his children all suffered from the judgement they were receiving from the whole community for Atticus representing an innocent man. Since children were exposed to this behavior the racism has been passed down to generation to generation.
because they were ostracized and now criminals because they were born a black woman and white man that fell in love with each other and were going to have a baby. Fed up with the fact that they couldn’t visit their families in Virginia, On November 6th, 1963 they filed a motion in the state trail court to vacate the judgment and set aside the sentence on the ground that the Virginia State statutes which they had violated were repugnant to the Fourteenth Amendment. Then the waiting game began for the Lovings. Months and months passed without them getting a ruling on their motion. Getting even more frustrated and feeling like they were being ignored and no justice was going to be done, the Lovings took it a step further and filed a class action suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia requesting that a three-judge court be convened to declare the Virginia anti-miscegenation statutes unconstitutional and to enjoin state officials from enforcing their convictions.
The main example of prejudice in this book is at the trial, when the towns people wrongly convict Tom Robinson, he is convicted purely because he is a black man and his accuser is white. The evidence is so powerfully in his favor, that race is clearly the single defining factor in the jury's decision. Atticus fights against racism, and a few other townspeople are on his side, including Miss Maudie and Judge Taylor. Jem and Scout also believe in racial equality. These few people stand on the “good” side.
Through Maycomb’s families and the events that occur with and within them, Harper Lee posits that the ideologies of empathy, prejudice, and justice cause the loss of innocence and are all connected to one another. Although the novel To Kill a Mockingbird has various examples of the themes of empathy, prejudice, and justice, they all contribute to the loss of innocence because these actions and ideas cause one to see beyond the idealistic external appearance of the world. While Scout was discussing with Atticus about what occurred on her first day of school, Atticus tells Scout, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point
A mockingbird only to be killed by the white people of Maycomb. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.... that’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Harper Lee is displaying how far prejudice can go with the domino effect. Tom Robinson, an innocent man trialled guilty, leading to his death and soon the distraught of his family members. All because of obstinacy. Harper Lee’s attitude towards prejudice is bitter.