When a black man in Maycomb is accused of rape, the town thinks he is guilty; there is no physical evidence that a rape ever occurred, but Tom is still sent to jail to wait for his trial. Racism towards Tom Robinson in Maycomb county causes disputes on his case, and causes talk to go around about the man who is defending him, Atticus Finch. To begin with, Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus, was Tom Robinson’s lawyer. Since Atticus was white and defending a black man, some of Atticus’s friends and neighbors turned against him and his family. Jem and Scout were treated with disrespect by Maycomb citizens everywhere they went because of their father’s decision to defend Tom.
Mayella Ewell did not admit to the truth because she was afraid of what the town would perceive of her actions. Atticus implied that... ... middle of paper ... ...a white man harming a black man, the black man would be guilty of assaulting the white man. Thusly, there was little to no chance that the jury would believe anything Tom Robinson said. Mayella used the town’s racism to her advantage to get out of her sticky situation. In conclusion, Mayella Ewell lied to the citizens of Maycomb about Tom Robinson because she knew the people would not approve of her actions of advancing on a man of different color.
The benign force of racism has disrupted their lives, especially Scouts, through the old fashioned and discriminative opinions of the younger residents of Maycomb. My attitude to racism has developed in the course of the narrative. Mr Dolphus Raymond continues to elaborate on my feelings while he talks to Scout and Dill during the court case. He is a sinful man according to the community as he is has fathered mixed children. To contemplate this felony he pretended to be a drunk: "Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that is the way I want to live.
African Americans will be doomed in certain situations due to a lack of community background, and they will always find themselves losing games, court cases, or whatever they are competing against a white man in. African Americans lacked the rights of white Americans which created unequal chances and opportunities for success. “Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom’s predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took his first opportunity to run--a sure sign of guilt,” (Lee 260-261.) In her coming to age, Scout real... ... middle of paper ... ...g goes crazy at this statement and accept the Ewell’s racism.The whole town takes the side of the Ewell family in the court case. The town favors the caucasian man over the African American man, even though there is more evidence against Mr. Ewell than that posed against Tom Robinson.
Neither Scout nor Cecil had any idea what these things meant but they both thought they did just to act grown. Atticus proceeds to make sure Scout understands what is going on even at such a young age. He tells her why he is defending the man even though the town is against it, “…’ The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’ “(Lee 100). What Atticus tells Scout actually begins to mature her and she stops fighting and getting so upset about what people say about Atticus because, Scout knows Atticus is doing the right th... ... middle of paper ... ...hat they do. Using that Scout knew what Miss.
He had to persevere through many hardships in order to make a statement in the community. Atticus knew he would not win the case against the all white jury and like Mrs. Dubose in her struggle against morphine, Atticus lost before he even began. Nevertheless, Atticus knew that Tom was innocent and was willing to stand up for him because nobody else would. Since Atticus stayed true to himself and did only what is morally correct, he fought this case with great determination. He wanted the people of Maycomb to know the truth about what happened to Mayella Ewell, but even the truth would not free Tom Robinson.
I did not appreciate the subtlety of Tom's predicament, he could not have dared to strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run." By the end of the novel Scout and Jem have grown up and realised that they do not have to follow the ways of Maycomb but to stand up for what they believe in and not to follow the town's prejudice and evil, cruel ways.
You say good afternoon Mrs. Dubose.” Mrs. Dubose is being rude to Scout just because Scout says hey to her. This is injustice because Scout has never done anything to her except for being friendly while walking by. Scout though does not know that Mrs. Dubose is dying and trying to not take morphine. In the book Atticus is defending an African American in court and no one likes that including Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose shouts rude comments to Scout and Jem about Atticus, “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for.” This should not have been said because Atticus is trying to be a good person.
In the text, it talks about the DeShaney case and how the state did not have affirmative duty to protect because they had no evidence to believe that Joshua DeShaney as being abused by his father. However, I find it hard to come to terms with the outcome of the Deshaney situation. Being that Joshua father had an agreement to try improve his life style for the sake of not getting his son taken from him. Although DSS had a social worker on the case. There was no evidence that Joshua father was abusing him only speculations.
The last one that no one ever thinks about is how reverse racism is seen when people threaten Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in court (Lee). Discrimination in any form is a controversial topic but everyone knows that it is not right to discriminate against people. Racism is still a very controversial topic in today’s society but still not as bad as seen in the time period of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Tom Robinson is in trial because a white man’s word over a black man’s word (Lee). Bob Ewell has told the Sheriff of the town that Tom Robinson raped his daughter which is a lie (Lee).