Both examples show how prejudiced the city in the South actually was. b. Depression happening at the time as well. j. In a court case, a black man named Tom Robinson was ruled guilty by an extremely racist jury. He was obviously (due to the evidence) innocent, but racist southerners of the jury ruled him guilty anyways.
In this trial, there is an African-American named Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is being accused of raping Mayella Ewell. There is no evidence of the rape, but there is evidence of Mayella being beaten by her father Bob Ewell. When the jury comes out to give the courtroom the verdict, Tom Robinson was found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. The only reason Tom was found guilty, was because he was black and Bob Ewell was white.
Racism is one of the worst kinds of prejudice in any society, and it can and does ruin people’s lives. It was racism that led to the death of Tom’s Robinson’s. He was a victim of racism by being falsely accused and then found guilty of raping Mayella Ewall, a white woman. This statement is true, because the events of what happened as told by Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, were accepted as proof by a prejudiced, all-white jury at the trial. Tom’s lawyer, Atticus Finch, does his very best to represent Tom and provide the facts and evidence of Tom’s innocence.
The book To Kill a Mockingbird is directly comparable to the movie 12 Angry Men. Both Texts show the theme that true understanding takes time, study, and effort, but To Kill a Mockingbird shows what happens when people do not take the time to obtain a true understanding. In the book Tom Robinson is convicted for allegedly raping a teenage girl even though there was sensible doubt that Tom did not rape the girl and there was no concrete evidence. In the film a teenage male Puerto Rican was accused of murdering his father. All the evidence and the defendant weak testimony made him look so guiltily that 11 out of 12 jurors voted guilty in the preliminary vote.
When she drew it away, it trailed a long silver thread of saliva. “Your fathers no better than the ******* and trash he works for!” (Lee 117) 1. (analysis)This quote said by Mrs. Dubose towards Jem and Scout shows how racists she is. Mrs. Dubose and most of the towns people dislike the Finches because Atticus is a white man defending a black man. Jem and Scout stats to become aware that all this is caused by segregation.
Sparking the civil rights movement and soon the Montgomery bus boycott Emmett Till committed the crime of whistiling/ flirting with a white woman. I personally believe yes this offensive but there is absolutely no reason that Till’s action should of resulted in death. Things like this happen daily with white men and there are no consequences, so why was there death for Till? As the two victims, Milam and Bryant, gauged his eyes out, shot him, and left him in the river I felt as if he was treated inhumanely and brutally. Milam and Bryant committed a cruel murder and a trial was soon to come for their actions and created a riot of angry blacks after 50,000 people saw the picture of Till in Chicago.
This shows that even though Tom was so good to Mayella, he was black, and even she let her racism get the best of her and took him to court. When taken to court, it was clear that Tom was innocent. When Mayella was asked if Tom hit her in the face she responded “No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me.” (185) However, the jury was all white and even though there was no evidence against him, Tom was convicted all because he was a black man and Mayella Ewell was a white
2. In both cases I noticed that it was a white “victim” who claimed to have been raped and all of the accused were black males in their teens. Both of the victims lied in order to have black men convicted of rape. In both scenarios the judges seemed to be partisan to the white females. No matter what argument the defendants could have come up with, the judges were going to side with the victims.
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
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, in a court trial. The town of Maycomb turns against him due to this. Atticus, furious about the reaction from his town, explains, “…why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand” (Lee 88). Atticus does not have any racial biases, and he does not agree with the views of the majority of the people of Maycomb. Atticus, describing his beliefs to Jem, “…The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be