Maycomb Tribune Essay

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Maycomb Tribune After being called in as a witness, Tom Robinson is asked by Atticus if he ever had a run-in with the law. Tom replies with a yes and is asked to briefly clarify the event. Tom afterwards recounts his side of what had happened during the unforgettable evening. Tom claims that he was walking along, past the Ewells place when Mayella Ewell had called out to him, “I was studyin’ why, just passing by, when she says for me to come there and help her a minute.” After accepting, Tom comes inside and helps Mayella to take down a box from the top of a tall chiffarobe. Though Tom had seemed a little flustered and uncertain about answering when asked what had happened after he fell, Tom continues after a sharp order from Judge Taylor. The court room burst out into harsh discussions and commotion once Mr Robinson declared that Mayella had jumped on him and hugged him around the waist, the clamour was immediately silenced by Judge Taylor and the defendant’s questioning is pressed on. Admitting that he had ran immediately from the scene once Mr Ewell came, has brought many people to believing that Mr Robinson was guilty because running from the act, was confirmed “a sure sign of guilt”. When the court proceedings was about to switch back to the prosecution, Mr Robinson concludes is questioning with the statement to Mr Finch, his defendant, “Mr Finch, if you was a nigger like me, you’d be scared, too.” An interruption by Mr Link Deas, Mr Robinson’s cotton employer, as Mr Gilmer (the prosecutor) was about to start his arguments, cause Judge Taylor to expel Mr Link Deas from the court room with a suggestion to “come under an oath and at the right time”. Although Mr Link’s words were somewhat informative and emotive in the way that he state, “that boy’s worked for me eight years and I ain’t had a speck of trouble outta him. Not a speck”. With his turn to prosecute

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