Victimization is a consistent theme that is first demonstrated through the character Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson faced a great amount of abuse by the citizens of Maycomb. During his rape trial, Tom Robinson was discriminated against while he took the stand. “ ‘Strong enough to choke the breath out of a woman and sling her to the floor?’ ” (Lee, 196). Mr. Gilmer, the prosecutor, used Tom’s race and physical strength to imply that Tom was just another stereotypical black man who targeted a fair skinned female.
Dylan Fiolek Prejudice in the South Racial prejudice was beyond horrible in the 1960s. A time to kill was a movie about a white lawyer who defends a black man for shooting to white woman. The black man raped and beat his daughter. To kill a Mockingbird was a book about a white lawyer who defends a black man. They accuse him of raping and beating a young white woman.
It would be thought that he was trying to rob or rape somebody,” (44). In the minds of white people, black people, especially black men, are a threat. They use fear as a just reason to subjugate black Americans. Bigger knows the white world is set against him and he can’t do anything about it. The
To Kill A Mockingbird Analytic Essay Maycomb is an extremely prejudiced town, even though the novel is based when the black people had been released from slavery for over 70 years. Even so, the racism is still painfully clear as demonstrated in the timeless masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird. Not only is Maycomb prejudiced against the black people, they are also prejudiced against way woman should be, people with disabilities and the poorer families. African Americans face the prejudice head on as there skin colour is different, there are made to be servants or slaves to the white people. "Well Dill, after all he's just a nigger," startling words from Scout who should have known better.
Special agent Paul Smecker is assigned to the case. He knows that the death of the two mobsters is not a professional hit. As the police start looking for the people who are responsible, the brothers show in the police station to clear their names. The media and the public pronounce them as heroes. They spend the night in the police cell when they got the message from god telling them to kill every bad man.
In the 1930s, African Americans were already treated unfairly, but, Tom being accused of raping a white woman made his life awful. Tom was ruled guilty in the trial even though all the evidence pointed toward him being innocent. For example, in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus makes a point to ask the sheriff what side the bruises on Mayella's face were. After he told her that they were on the right side, Atticus knew that Tom's left arm could not move so, how could he have hit her? Anyways, even Tom knew that he would be guilty, for example, in chapter 19 it says "'Mr.
Tom is accused of rape, and no one will believe his side of the story because he is black. Almost the whole town believes that Tom is nothing, just because he is black. Even Scout states, “Well, Dill, after all he’s just a Negro.” (Lee 266). Many men in Maycomb decide to form a mob, and try to kill Tom. Atticus was there to protect him, and keep the mob away.
There was a leader of the slaves her name was nunu. She had a son who was considered enemy because his father was white and raped nunu. She was the one that started a group that would go out at night and try to plan a way to get out of the farm. Shola had a person that she loved his name was shango and he was against the slavery system all together. Nunu son was with the system because he was the head of all the slaves and was the one who had to punish the slaves if they got in trouble.
Be that as it may, the government in the time To Kill a Mockingbird was written was not the fairest government especially when it came to trials of black people. Whenever a black man was convicted, it was automatically assumed that he committed the crime he was being accused of doing. So no matter the evidence given in the trial the black man was most of the time seen guilty. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is put to trial under the case that he rapped and beat Mayella Ewell. Even though there was no true evidence that Tom was the person who commited this crime, he was still found guilty and put to death.
The men in both cases were thought to be guilty simply because they were black. Mayella Ewell was Bob Ewell’s abused, lonely and unhappy daughter. She was the women who Tom Robinson was accused of raping. Like many other southern blacks, toms was not educated and thought to be less of a person by whites. Whether Mayella knew it or not, her accusations against Mr. Robinson were like picking a fight with a man who is not capable of fighting back.