Atticus Finch not only took the case of a black man, but went against everyone’s beliefs that black people were lower, and actually tried to defend Tom Robinson from a crime that he was wrongfully accused of doing. As Atticus said, “In the name of God believe him.” (Lee, 206) It is very clear that Atticus wanted to win the case, get Tom off the hook for something that he did not commit, and probably to show the town of Maycomb just how often black people would get
. . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. In “To kill a mockingbird”, Atticus comes across as a heroic figure to everyone in Maycomb because even though some people were angry at him, they were scared to stand up for what he believes
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.
Civil rights marches were led by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in the 1960’s. The novel shows us how one single incident of persecution can effect a whole community. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was charged with raping Mayella Ewell, found guilty by a racist jury, and was killed whilst trying to escape prison, even though Atticus proved to the jury that it was obvious that he was innocent. He was found guilty, however, because he was a Negro and seen to be less than human. Even though all of the jury were racist, some members of Maycomb County began to see that the unfair way in which they treated the Negroes was wrong.
Tom has the heart of a puppy, even though white people treat Tom differently for being black, he continues to respect them as though they have done nothing wrong to him. He was accused of rapping Mayella Ewell, because he was a black man who had a kind enough heart to help her with chores because he pitied her, also without pay, “[he] felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-" (Lee, 24). The Ewell’s knew it looked suspicious and took advantage of the situation, “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed"(Lee,244), even though Tom may have been innocent, there was no way people would believe a black man did not rape the 18 year-old Mayella. Like the saying says “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”, Tom Robinson was essentially a mockingbird; he was kind, innocent, and caused no harm. There was no reason to kill this man, furthermore killing him was a sin, like killing a
Also his experience from Mrs. Dubose, and from Boo Radley bring about many changes for Jem. “I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that’s what they up in the town of Maycomb. But the trial of Tom Robinson made him think that this wasn’t true. Jem believed that no one in the town did anything to help Tom. He saw how racist the town was.
He was very successfully to describe how society at that time treated people with different skin color through the character, Crooks. Through Steinbeck’s novel, I can know how African Americans were treated at that time, and even if they are free, society still hated them and definitely treated disrespecting and
He reasons that no-one would believe the words of a Negro over the words of a white. Mr Finch emphasised that the only way to deal with this case fairly was to consider Mr Robinson as any other white person instead of believing that all Negroes lie and all Negroes are immoral. Mr Finch expresses this through his last statements, “some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women – Black and White”, “Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal.” It was not until eleven at night that the final decision by the jury was announced that Mr Robinson is guilty; convicted of rape and sexual
They were confident that you, the jury, would go along with the evil assumption that all *****'s lie, and are immoral. Mr. Robinson is accused of rape, when it was she who made the advances on him. He put his word against two white people's, and now he is on trial for no apparent reason- except that he is black. Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the government is fond of hurling at us. There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use that phrase out of context, to
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote was said by Atticus and clearly describes the situation of Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch. Throughout the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, many events occur which all revolve around the same theme; you don’t know someone until you walk in his/her shoes. Boo Radley is rarely seen or heard of in the story, and because of this Maycomb folks make assumptions on what he truly is, an evil and vicious person. Miss Stephanie Crawford claims that Boo Radley isn’t a nice person, based on her “encounters” with him, and the rest of Maycomb County believes her rumours. The more the people spreads the rumours, the more Boo’s supposed personality builds up.