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Essay On Who Is Responsible For Tom's Death In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Tom Robinson, one of the important characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is a victim of injustice and dies near the end of the story when being accused of raping a white woman and was pronounced guilty. He died from attempting to escape the prison and was shot multiple times by the guards when he refused to stop. Who is to blame that led up to his death? There are multiple characters that connect to his cause of death. I personally think the racism of the southern states is largely responsible for Tom’s death.
The first factor is the past history of Maycomb’s racism. In the beginning of the novel, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) describes about Maycomb County’s depressing lifestyle. On page 6, Jean Finch explains that the town was in no hurry, nowhere to go, and nothing to see outside the boundaries of it. She also says “Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.” I think this statement suggests foreshadowing. During this time, people were prejudice and feared about other races. People just feared about everything. This type of fear caused all the white people in Maycomb to fear the black people and their …show more content…

On page 235, Atticus explains to Jem, “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always win.” Atticus states that no matter what a black man says, the judge will always listen to the white man. This means that the court system is biased and prejudice whenever a black person is accused for committing a crime against a white person. During the trial, Atticus was defending Tom with legitimate evidence that he didn’t rape Mayella. Most of the people knew in the court room that Tom didn’t rape her, but due to Maycomb’s standards the verdict of Tom’s accusation came out to guilty. The judge also knew Tom was innocent, but if he sentenced him to not guilty, the white folks would go

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