There were many things that happened leading up to the court case that foreshadowed Tom Robinson’s inability to be found innocent of the charges. The Scottsboro case and the case in the novel are similar in many ways, especially in that they ruined the lives of blacks over false accusations. An event that was very much similar in nature to the novel was the Scottsboro trials. The Scottsboro trials involved nine young black males who were charged with the rape of two white females on a train. The black boys on the train got into a fight with some white males, which was the beginning of their worst nightmare.
Bob Ewell and Mayella accused Tom of the crime. Bob was accountable for seeing Tom raping Mayella. Judge Taylor asked Bob. "Mr. Ewell did you see the defendant having sexual intercourse with your daughter? "(174) Bob said that he saw his daughter getting raped by Tom Robinson.
The Scottsboro Case What happens when society as a whole despises black people, and wish nothing but the worst for them? In the Scottsboro Trial that is what happened. Twelve young black males were accused of raping two white females on a train. The societies values are looked at in this case and whether or not the values in the nineteen thirties was as amiable as they wanted to be perceived. In the Scottsboro Trial Victoria Price was asked to testify against her assailants, and tell the court what they wanted to hear.
Many different factors affected the outcome of both cases, and ultimately both outcomes were wrong. One was found guilty, and one was not, but both had to deal with the prejudice of being black and the stereotypes of the era. In both A Time To Kill and To Kill A Mockingbird both of the men accused were of the African American descent and found Caucasian man to defend them. In A Time To Kill, Carl Lee was accused of murdering two white men who raped and assaulted his daughter. His daughter was abducted and raped partially because of her race, but Mr. Lee’s lawyer, Mr. Jake Brigance, never played up the Lee’s race.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Lee tells the story of a Mr. Tom Robinson who is an African American who is being charged with rape against a white women. Atticus is the lawyer who must defend Robinson in court. In the Scottsboro case a central figure was a heroic judge who overturned a guilty verdict against the young men. The judge went against the public in trying to protect the rights of the African American men. In reading the novel you learn that Atticus arouses anger in the small community when he tries to defend Robinson.
This is sometimes amusing, as the time she thinks Miss Maudie's loud voice scares Miss Stephanie. Scout does her best to inform us of the happenings at the Tom Robinson trial. Yet, she is not certain what rape is, and is neither aware of the prejudice state surrounding her. Ultimately she represents the innocence within society. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout Finch, a little girl growing up in a small Southern town, tells the story of her childhood, when she witnessed the trial of a Negro falsely accused of raping a white woman.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Twelve Angry men by Reginald Rose and The Scottsboro Trial are all about unfair trials containing discrimination towards different people and people being prejudice .The peoples action towards the defendants affected them for the rest of their life. Many of the people that came into the court brought in their own social problems and that influenced the verdict. To Kill The Mockingbird was about a black guy named Tom Robinson who was accused of raping a young women by the name of Mayella Ewell. In the court, significant evidence was presented to the juror's that would prove that Tom Robinson was innocent. The evidence showed that a left handed male must have beat Mayella because the bruises were on the right side of her and Tom Robinsons left arm was disabled.
Title: State of Alabama V. The Scottsboro Boys Introduction: In the South, during the early 1930’s African Americans were considered inferior to all other races, especially in terms of the law and equality. In the case of The Scottsboro Boys, nine young black males from Georgia accused of raping two white women in the southern part of Alabama. While illegally crossing railcars they were involved in a fight between other individuals who happened to be white. While being arrested, to avoid going to jail one of the white women said that her and her friend had been raped on the train by the nine young men. Years following this event many African American men have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit making this a widespread
Many of the events and characters in the story can be related to her own childhood experience. Around the age of five, there was a trial known as the Scottsboro case, in which nine black males were falsely accused on the charge of raping two young white women (Biography of Harper Lee (1926). The men were nearly killed even before they were convicted by mobs, and although there was no evidence of the crime, they were sentenced to death, just as in her novel. This event inspired her to create the trial consisting of Tom Robinson in her book. As a child in the South, Harper Lee was exposed to a substantial amount of racism, which filled the minds of many during her childhood.
How Does the Jury Process Reflected in the Novel Compare/Contrast to That of Today: An Annotated Bibliography The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is based in the 1930s in Alabama where an African American man is accused of raping and abusing a white woman. Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted and ends up dying for a crime he did not commit. Robinson dying for something he did not commit is common today because of all the racial prejudice, hatred, and the unfair trials that are given to people of minority. The events that happened, especially the jury process and trial, in the novel are similar to some of the events happening in the world today. The jury processes that occurred in the south during the Great Depression and the jury process