Who Is Tom Robinson's Alienation In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Alex Rounds Swafford Pre-AP English 10 April 23, 2012 Tom Robinson’s Struggle with his Alienation Societal alienation is perhaps the cruelest way an individual or group can be treated by a community. When alienated, or alone and without any support, it is human nature for person a person to break down. In the American classic Too Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee, the character Tom Robinson struggles with this societal behavior ultimately leading to his downfall. He is an example of seclusion and shunning by society for the pure fact of being black. This alienation stems from untrue stereotypes and the disturbing moral values exhibited by the inhabitants of Maycomb. Tom’s skin color leads to unfair assumptions about his trustworthiness and code of ethics. “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box."(110) Tom was unable to receive a fair trial because of the color of his skin.…show more content…
“Tom Robinson was her daily reminder of what she did. What did she do? She tempted a Negro.”(206) During the time of the trial people truly were racist and prejudiced. They wanted a separation between blacks and whites, and could not tolerate the mere thought of them being together intimately. “That Robinson boy was legally married, they say he kept himself clean, went to church and all that, but when it comes down to the line the veneer's mighty thin. Nigger always comes out in 'em.”(153) While Maycomb is supposedly taking baby steps towards equality after the trial, this is evidence of a continuation of the alienation. The belief is that Tom, and any other negro will behave the same way and that’s why there must be separation. This is what Maycomb truly thinks about the alienation and racism displayed towards

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