Even though he is innocent, because he is black, there is almost no chance he will win. As Atticus says, "In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins" (Lee 249). Tom has a right to justice too, but society thinks he does not deserve it because he is different. Next is the Finch family. They are not black and are well respected by the community, until Atticus is assigned to defend Tom.
When the Hater Meets the Hated- Why is Tom Robinson Guilty? One may be punished for something he or she never did depending on the circumstances in their community. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows in Maycomb County, a society being controlled by racism, Tom Robinson is punished for assaulting Mayella Ewell even though he is the victim. If the majority of the inhabitants of a community are racist, the racist social values influence everything that takes place in the courts of the community. Thus the racist social values of Maycomb County are responsible for the failure of Atticus Finch’s defense for Tom Robinson.
Despite Crooks initial hostility to Lennie, he is obviously desperate for company and invites him in, telling Lennie how he fears for his own sanity and that “books ain’t no good” for company. As he tells Lennie, Crooks is so desperate for “just talking, being with another guy” that he tolerates a visitor who has no idea about what he is actually talking about and cannot offer any real sympathy or company. Steinbeck is very explicit about the fact that Crooks is separated from the others solely because he is black (even the similarly crippled Candy gets to share the bunkhouse with the men) and shows the social injustice with Crooks innocent childhood memories of life on his father’s
The other men would not allow him to use his feet due to Crooks’ back but thought it perfectly fine to be fighting him. When Crooks comes into the novel he is described as a “lean negro head, lined with pain,” this is important because it’s the introduction of the many pains which Crooks has. Crooks is both in emotional and physical pain. The emotional pain which Crooks carries with him is due to his loneliness; his isolation from man is causing him to go mad, “guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody”. In isolation from the other men Crooks begins to doubt what he sees.
This character is not afraid to show his emotions, especially in a society where a man portraying his emotions might be viewed as a sign of weakness. The scene which Grendel sneaks in at night and kills many of Hrothgar’s warriors; in the morning he says “Knowing by its tracks that some demon had torn his followers apart. He wept, fearing the beginning might not be the end.”(40). Most people can relate to these feelings of hopelessness and despair displayed in this scene. Some may see Hrothgar as a coward; he really cares deeply for the welfare of his people, a quality that is admired by many.
When Tom was accused of rape, this was the most racist point in the book to me. The people of Maycomb automatically labeled him as guilty. If I were in his position I would have wanted to fight back. Atticus Finch, a local lawyer and one of the main characters, is appointed as Tom’s lawyer. He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape.
Also, ‘The Black Panthers’ were a very violent group and saw King’s campaign as time consuming and feared it being forgotten in the process. The group called for a revolutionary war against authority, but it never happened and there are many conspiracy theories as to why the group ended. King was later assassinated at his hotel, showing that his race was still not equal, and some people still looked down on African Americans and didn’t like the change. Although all of these activists had the same idea and values, they had very different ideas of how to achieve their ideal society. Doctor King, Malcolm X, and the Black Panthers all contributed to the major changes of society’s attitudes towards the African American people by targeting very different audiences in society.
Once Sibyl was deeply in love with Dorian, she loses her acting talent which makes Dorian falls out of love with her and ends their engagement. The next morning Dorian feels very guilty because of his actions from last night, and wanted to continue with the engagement, but Lord Henry tells Dorian that Sibyl committed suicide. As events continue on with Dorian’s life, the picture Basil drew of him was changing slowly over time due to his actions. Dorian was afraid of what he had witness of the portrait, he then puts the picture in a remote location in his house so no one can see the transformation but him. As years pass, Dorian’s reputation in London suffers because of his scandalous exploits.
For example Brabantio says to Othello “You’re something to fear, not to love. It’s obvious to everyone that you’ve tricked her, drugged her, or kidnapped her… Arrest this man as a practitioner of black magic”. Othello can’t be with Desdemona because he is not of the same skin color according to Brabantio. His race has a great amount of influence on how people see Othello. The way Iago and Brabantio see him as a witch or a beast.
He is convinced that Iago was speaking the truth. Bianca enters with Desdemona’s handkerchief which Othello takes as a conclusion of the affair between Desdemona and Cassio. Othello’s anger arouses which makes him decide that Desdemona and Cassio must both be killed. Othello is not easily provoked into jealousy as he states “one not easily jealous”, but when Iago starts to influence him with the fact that Desdemona is having an affair, Othello easily identifies the possible reasons that could cause Desdemona to have an affair. Firstly it’s his colour: “for I am black” he feels distrusted and incompetent as he compares himself to Cassio, who he believes is the one Desdemona admires more than a “Moor”.