Don't fool yourselves—it's all adding up and one of these days we're going to pay the bill for it. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee denounces prejudice and racist people. Their fates remind people about the dangers of ignorance and the need for understanding, the way Scout comes to see the world, else humanity exist shallow and spiteful indefinitely. There's no motivation for his sudden attack on Mayella—it's just assumed that any African-American man would rape any white woman, given the chance. At that moment, Mayella's father, Bob Ewell, arrived and yelled through the window.
He risked his reputation which takes moral courage. For all practical purposes, Tom's life ends when a white woman decides to accuse him of rape. Atticus knew Tom was innocent as soon as he saw Tom's limp hand, remember? Also, when Scout and Jem are att … acked when walking home, Boo is the true one that killed Bob Ewell not Jem. . A reader would feel much disgust at Bob Ewell and his use of language. Underwood's postmortem newspaper editorial sees the whole trial as a sham. He is twenty-five years old and has a wife and children.
Getting an idea of Tom only through what people say about him puts us as readers in a similar position to the people of in terms of how much knowledge we have about him. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but … sing their hearts out for us. Like the way a defenseless mockingbird can be shot dead despite doing no wrong and possessing no malice, Boo and Tom suffer the same consequence. He held a strong belief in the goodness of all people, but after the trial must re-evaluate his understanding of human nature and come to terms with disappointing realities of inequality, racism, and general unfairness. Prejudice certainly does come to play in the court proceedings, but Lee explores much deeper human emotions and societal ideals than the straightforward mistreatment of a person based on skin color. He is also trying to make the town of Maycomb more accepted of this idea since this is a town of great discrimination.
Verdict and Aftermath Despite Atticus Finch's vigorous and impassioned defense, the jury finds Tom Robinson guilty. Bibliography: Work Cited Attenberg, Jami. The Verdict: No Chance Which story is the jury going to believe—the comfortable one about a black man raping a white woman, or a disturbing one about a black man pitying a white woman? Tom is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, and after being tried is convicted, although the evidence points in another direction. He has a thin body, blue eyes, blonde hair, an intelligent boy, and a dreamer. Following the conviction, Tom is transferred to jail, but because he is upset and scared about being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, he tries to escape and is shot and killed in the process.
Before the Trial: Tom Robinson's name comes up long before he appears in person, but the main issue setting tongues wagging isn't whether Tom is innocent or guilty, but resolve to give him a good defense. And Tom stays invisible through most of the novel. The realization that there is true evil within their society shakes Jem to the core. Gilmer paused a long time to let it sink in. Hope this helped you out : He believes Tom Robinson is innocent, and he also believes thateveryone should have a fair trial, no matter their race. Atticus Finch offers a convincing alternative theory. The subject then turns to jury trials and to how all twelve men could have convicted Tom.
Mayella takes the stand next. Summary: Chapter 25 September has begun and Jem and Scout are on the back porch when Scout notices a roly-poly bug. But, for an African American man to publicly admit feeling pity for any white person is overstepping societal bounds. The fact is that most in the African American community live cleaner, more honest, and more productive lives than the Ewells. His holding up Jem as an exception because of his youth suggests that whatever that X factor is, it's learned and not innate and thus, perhaps can be changed through education? He helps Mayella to do her chores out of the goodness and pureness of his heart, which people like the Ewells exploit and resulted in his death.
The state rests its case. Tom Robinson is a mockingbird. They both try to help. She seemed unsure of the whole event and based most of her answers off of what her father had already said. He was as innocent as can be, and nobody would realize the truth.
He, like Atticus, believes in equality. The Ewells are considered trash by both black and white neighbors, and they are so physically dirty that they are indistinguishable from a black person. They return with Scout to the missionary circle, managing to act as if nothing is wrong. When Scout asks what will happen if Tom loses, Atticus replies that Tom will go to the electric chair, as rape is a capital offense in Alabama. Despite this, the rest of the Negro community accepts Jem and Scout regardless of their race, showing compassions and understanding of equality. He didn't have access to any additional evidence, but he did have a connection with someone who felt sympathy with the defense—perhaps that was enough to ignite a spark of bravery to go against accepted opinion and acquit Tom.