In the novel, Atticus Finch whom is the town lawyer, is defending an African American known as Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of allegedly raping Mr. Ewell's daughter. Even though he was innocent, his verdict was guilty, her was later murdered. The case of Tom Robinson brings uproar
Prejudice is portrayed in many forms in the novel. Characters in the book suffer discrimination due to race, age, social status and sex. This racism appears to be a normal thing to the people of Maycomb. In the novel, Scout runs into trouble with both a classmate and a cousin when the two boys taunt her about her father, whom they call a "nigger love". Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a black man named Tom Robinson.
Bob Ewell, who is above Tom in the social standard, accuses Tom of the rape just because he is black. Bob makes these accusations without any evidence. Atticus defends Tom Robinson because believes he is innocent. Atticus doesn’t see color and teaches his children this strong moral value. The townspeople respond by calling Atticus a “****** lover.” Mrs. Dubose, an old racist woman, shows disrespect towards Atticus and his children.
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.
Everybody in Maycomb county is affected by racism in one way or another; however there are three people who are particularly affected by it. Calpurnia, the black maid in the Finch residence, must lead two separate lives, one with black people and one with whites; they can never inter-mingle. Mister Dolphus Raymond is suppressed into pretending to be a drunk because he is a white man who marries a black woman, and has interracial children. Tom Robinson must suffer the most, he is seen as guilty for a crime he does not commit and sentenced to death, all because of the jury’s prejudice towards black people. Indeed, everyone in Maycomb County, whether they are black or white, is affected by racism, and sometimes all it takes to see it is a child.
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.
To Kill a Mockingbird "Ignorant individuals are those who refuse to see the world through the eyes of another." - Matthew Michael James once said. Ignorance is something that is oblivious to humans and are not aware of their lack of knowledge about other people. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, displays Attics Finch a lawyer that was chosen to defend Tom Robinson's life from the racist people in Maycomb County such as Bob Ewell, and to always be their for his two children Scout, and Jem that experience many conflicts throughout the novel. Two characters that show bewilderment throughout the course of the novel is Scout, and Bob Ewell.
Brandon Montellano Mr. Nadherny Patterns in Literature, Period 5 11 November 2011 Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” Said by Atticus Finch, father of two children and a defender of an innocent man, Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman who is put in court for the act he did not do. In the story to kill a mocking bird, Scout, the daughter of Atticus, sees many different themes such as prejudice, intoerance and courage shown and demonstrated trough out many characters and especially through the Tom Robinson case. Prejudice today is nothing different than it was back than where people judge and say thing about others who they see through a foggy window. Though many types of prejudice
However, in both instances, the outcome of each situation that the African Americans were in made it so that they paved the way for future generations to come. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is wrongly accused of committing the crime of raping a young girl. Immediately he is thought of to have done the crime, simply because of the color of skin. Everyone in the town of Maycomb jumpes to the conclusion that just because Tom Robinson is of African American decent, that it must have been him who committed the crime. It took numerous days
It was probably too painful of a memory. Charles J. Shields writes: Nelle (Harper) regarded her unhappy mother with sympathetic but confused feelings. When it came time to write To Kill a Mockingbird, Nelle wiped the slate clean of the conflict between herself and her mother. Since she could not be her mother’s daughter, so to speak, in the novel, the fictional Finch family has no mother. Or, rather, it did have, but “Our mother died when I was two,” says Scout, “so I never felt her Absence”.