The mockingbirds in the story, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley get undeserving treatment during the novel until it is known to the people of Maycomb that they are good and pure. In the case of Tom Robinson it was too late as they killed him before they could learn what a good person he actually was. He got charged for a crime he did not commit, and Boo Radley got rumors spread about him that were anything but true. “It is wrong to kill the mockingbird just because you don’t like its
Tom was a kind and honest black man wrongly accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit. His downfall was his kindness towards Mayella and her wellbeing; a characteristic of a mockingbird. Staying in tune with his embodiment of a mockingbird, when Mayella approached him, he did not physically push her away, but instead fled the scene as the harmless mockingbird would. The people of Maycomb adopted the mindset of the custom of killing a black man accused of raping a white woman, and “when it’s a white man’s word over the black man’s word, the white always wins.”. This lead the jury to declaring Tom guilty, despite there being no doubt of his innocence.
I do not get why they have done this most people have said that it is because he is a black man and that in his testimony he said he felt sorry for her (Mayella.) I feel as though that what everybody is saying is true. But it shouldn’t be like that, if he isn’t guilty then he shouldn’t be convicted it is just wrong, very, very wrong. They need to sort something out now, because Tom Robinson is about to be executed for no reason, this is cruel and in humane. Can’t anybody do anything about it, we are talking about an innocent young man who is crippled about to be executed for nothing.
He attempts to grab the older sister, and she fought with him to get away from his grip he then proceeds to the other sister attacking her and throwing her onto the ground and begins raping her. Being a man of color talking to a white woman could be one the worst crimes any African American male could commit back in 17th century. Since he did not write his own confession, the validity of the story is questionable. It is very possible that the author could have made up his own version on what happened on that fateful day. Although the confession of Joseph Mountain sounds convincing if the reader were to examine the confession through a critical lens on the unfair treatment of African Americans judicially, Joseph Mountain life history and the authorship of the confession one would come to the conclusion that Joseph Mountain was
This can be seen in the famous quote where Atticus refers to the mockingbirds as innocent creatures: “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird. “ (Lee, ) Love and kindness were portrayed through Atticus Finch and his love for his children and the kindness he showed Tom Robinson even though Tom Robinson was a black man and according to Maycomb townspeople did not deserve a defense or a friend. The moral of the story is that some people are bad and some are good and that people should not be judged just because of the colours of their
A few things that I think are unjust in the book were Tom Robinson’s trial and the teachers. Some things that are just in my eyes but were not legal was when Boo Radley killed Mr. Ewell, it was just because he saved Jem and Scout’s lives, but unjust because he did not abide by the legal system. First, Tom’s Robinson’s trial was completely unjust. Tom Robinson was falsely convicted of rape. He was wrongfully convicted by an all-white jury, which at that time, racism was the norm.
The case is one that Lee grew up beside while it was publicised the most, and it has been the base behind Tom Robinson’s trial. It is of nine black men who were falsely charged with raping two white women. Although in our civilised western ways of thinking nowadays, we would instantly see that dropping all charges would be the evident path to take, back in a 1930s’, south-American, racial-infused town, taking the side of a black man against a white women would seem the immoral, completely wrong act to take. This is exactly the case as with Tom Robinson’s trial in which even a hard-working, honest, family-loving black man cannot win against the Ewells, who exist in the lowest strata of whites and who seem to embody every negative human characteristic. This is a prime example of the supposedly ‘perfect’ American law being put into
In the book, Atticus and Miss Maudie tell Scout and Jem a mockingbird’s job is to provide music and joy to people, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That quote could be metaphorically used for Atticus, also.
“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.” – Thomas H. Huxley The novel To Kill a Mockingbird told an unforgettable story of doing what a person thought was right no matter what the cost. Author Harper Lee used the character Atticus Finch to show a rejection of authority when he went against the social codes in his town and defended a black man in court. Lee showed Atticus’s penetrating defense that ended up revealing the town of Maycomb’s inherit racism. Atticus Finch challenged social justice and prejudice by defending Tom Robinson just as he would any other person. Atticus’s whole town went against him because he was defending a man of a different race.
The rules deny blacks equality. When Mayella kissed Tom, she mixes with a black, and at that time in the class system it was considerid wrong. It was considered a sin because it was against the unspoken rules. She had known the rules and still kissed him, but she got caught so she had to cover it up. The community is acting upon something that is not in the law but that has a more powerful influence than the law.