Tom Robinson is a virtuous and warm-hearted African American who works very hard to raise his own wife and kids everyday. He is reported that he hurts a white woman and takes advantage on her.Atticus was appointed by the court to defend Tom.Because of that, a lot of kids laugh at Scout and Jem so Jem and Scout do not really understand Atticus about why he wants to do this. As they are confused about their father’s choice, Atticus told Scout that this case is the one that he had to argue with, not because of the appointment, instead, he wanted to preserve the justice and truth. As the case going on, Jem and Scout are very excited and they all supply their father. When the judge finished and Scout lost the case, and Jem feels really upset too. “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.” (243 Lee)As a kid, Jem not only thinks about his own thing, he also cares about Atticus’ case, he feels down when Atticus fail, this is the most obvious evidence of Jem’s growth and his admiration on
In Harper Lee’s fictional novel To Kill A Mockingbird, an African American field hand is falsely accused of raping a white women. Set in the 1930’s in the small town of Monroeville Alabama, Addicus Finch an even handed white attorney tries to shed a light on the injustice of this innocent black man’s conviction. Atticus feels that the justice system should be color blind, and he defends Tom as an innocent man, not a man of color.
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee's only novel, is a fictional story of racial oppression, set in Maycomb, A.L. in 1925 to 1935, loosely based on the events of the Scottsboro trials. Unlike the story however, the racial discrimination and oppression in the novel very accurately portrays what it was like in the 1920's and 1930's in the south. Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a poor low class white girl of 19, never stood a chance of getting a fair trial. This can be supported by giving examples of racially discriminatory and oppressive events that actually took place in the south during the time period in which the novel is based. In addition to actual historical events, events and examples from the book that clearly illustrate the overpoweringly high levels of prejudice that were intertwined in the everyday thinking of the majority of the characters in the book supports the fact that Tom Robinson never stood a chance of getting a fair trial.
Have you ever read the book To KIll a Mockingbird by Harper Lee? The book took place in the 1930’s. It’s about a family from Maycomb County and the dad (Atticus) is defending a black man (Tom Robinson). It is important for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson even though it puts himself and his family in danger.
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, shows how life was for those in the southern part of the United States, during a time when racism ran rampant throughout the land. Many injustices were committed to those of “Negro” descent, and it was up to those behind the law to protect them as well as those who lived by the law. Atticus, attorney at law, defender of the people, and father to Scout and brother Jem is safeguarding Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. As the story continues though, Mayella’s accounts of the facts aren’t quite as how they actually happened. Together, Scout (Jean Louise Finch), Jem and Atticus show courage to stand up for what is right, defend the innocent until proven guilty, and how to remain unbiased within a society where a huge bias existed.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, illustrates the early twentieth century’s historical realities through the case between Tom Robinson and Bob Ewell. This certain case comes off as a no brainer for most of the townspeople, discerning a black man’s testimony against a white man’s. This is because of the majority of the town still in withholding of Jim Crow ideals. Nonetheless, hope was still had by Atticus Finch, who was the defenders attorney, and his family for victory seeming the plaintiff is a half crazy middle aged man, whom most of the town would rather not associate with. As Mr. Ewell had his testimony, on the other side of the hall Tom Robinson had his counterclaim ready to go against the odds. Jim Crow laws and the depression only
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior, to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, and the struggle between blacks and whites. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and single parent in a small southern town in the 1930's, is appointed by the local judge to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, who is accused of raping a white woman. Friends and neighbors object when Atticus puts up a strong and spirited defense on behalf of the accused black man. Atticus renounces violence but stands up for what he believes in. He decides to defend Tom Robinson because if he did not, he would not only lose the respect of his children and the townspeople, but himself as well.
Told through the perspective of his children, To Kill a Mockingbird, showcases Atticus Finch, a lawyer, who is a well respected, moral and righteous man living in a small town in the deep South in the 1930’s. Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape. Because of the nature of the crime and the prejudice in ...
“To Kill a Mockingbird” follows a lawyer and his family prior to and during a legal case to defend a black male, Tom Robinson, charged of raping a white female, Mayella Ewell. This occurs in a very white orientated town.
Imagine being a white lawyer in the 1930s who has to choose whether or not to defend a Black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. This is exactly what happens in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is a white lawyer in the 1930s who chooses to defend Tom Robinson, an African American man, who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Some people believe Atticus was wrong to defend Tom because it put his life and his childrens’ lives at risk. However, Atticus was right to have defended Tom because he wouldn’t be able to face Jem and Scout if he hadn’t taken the case, and he cared about doing the right thing so he would have to live with regret if he didn’t attempt to defend Tom.
At the time To Kill a Mockingbird was published, the Civil Rights era was in full swing. Brown v. Board of Education had legally ended de jure segregation, segregation by law, in schools, but de facto segregation, segregation by fact/circumstance, still ran rampant in the South. Although all were supposed to be created equal in the court, juries were still primarily made up of white men whose racist biases often impeded their impartiality ("Historical Context: To Kill a Mockingbird."). Atticus brings out the truth to his community; whether or not they admit to it, everybody knows that Tom Robinson is innocent. He destroys whatever little is left of Bob Ewell's reputation and pride. He reminds all that they, too, should pursue
Justice is used in the novel when Atticus fights for Tom Robinson’s innocence. Even though Atticus knows the case is going to result in Tom being guilty, he still tries to defend Tom. Earlier in the story, Judge Taylor surprisely but purposely chooses Atticus to be Tom’s attorney. It seems like Judge Taylor may want to bring justice for Tom as well. At the end of the heated trial, it’s revealed that Tom is guilty, and the Ewells have won the case. Tom is put into prison and within a few days, he was shot seventeen times while attempting to escape. The outcome of Tom shows a big example of injustice. While Helen is faced with the injustice of her husband, Link Deas provides her with Tom’s former job. With her new job, Helen constantly gets harassed by the Ewells as she walks by their house. Link Deas came along and sweared to Bob that he will protect Helen from their threats and harassment. These are the varied examples of justice that are represented through Atticus, Judge Taylor, and Link Deas.
The strong characterization of Atticus Finch was used to help portray the injustice in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Although the trial caused hate towards the Finch family Atticus didn't let it get in the way of helping an innocent man. However it was a simple trial, in which prejudice took control putting Atticus and Tom at an unfair disadvantage in the court room. Characterization was strongly used to show how loyal Atticus was to being non-discriminatory to the case of Tom Robinson and the accusations made by the Ewells.
Lee chooses to set this novel in the 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama, a small southern town in the south. She could have chose any time period, however, her story would not have turned out the way it did and the theme would not be the same if she did. The setting she created helped develop the theme of racism because racism in the South during the 1930s was a large issue. Setting is so important because if this novel had taken place anywhere else, Tom Robinson’s verdict in the trial may have been different and the whole trial may have not even existed. In the trial against him there was so much evidence that helped his case. However the jury and judge were blinded by his skin color. “There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (Lee 38). "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." (Lee 40). He was an innocent man who had done nothing wrong but yet was convicted because of his skin color. Being in the south at such a time as an African American meant being less superior to whites. Harper Lee portrays how a time and place could cause such horrible actions by the blindness of prejudice