The story begins as Scout describes her family history and her town, Maycomb during the time of the Great Depression. Atticus is a prominent lawyer and the Finch family is reasonably well off in comparison to the rest of society. She and her brother, Jem, meet Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer, and the children share stories and fantasies about the mystery man who lives near by. The man’s name is Arthur, or Boo, Radley. The house
In the end you can see that even though To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the thirties it shows examples of the racial and social problems that went on at that time. When you look at those problems you can see that we are not completely over them yet, and I doubt if we ever will be. The only hope that I think we have to equality for all is if we forget the past, and agree on a fresh start. While that is highly unlikely to happen, we have already made so much progress already, and I believe that we will continue to make progress in the years to
Inequality is a theme that runs throughout all of history. Harper Lee uses the theme of inequality in her book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Tom Robinson must deal with inequality when he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit because no one will trust a black man over a white man. The Cunningham family must face discrimination because of their lack of money. Scout even faces inequality when she tries to play with Jem and Dill. The theme of inequality is a strong one in Lee’s book, and her use of inequality doesn’t only define racism, but also discrimination based on wealth and gender.
The absence of courage on equality in the novel To Kill a mockingbird led to the death of Tom Robinson. In Maycomb African Americans were looked upon as second-class citizens, because of this none of them could vote or attain the same equal status. Moreover, in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird an African American was put on trial for a crime he didn’t commit. Likewise, this was obvious to everyone present in the courtroom, however, the lack of courage to stand up for equality in this town caused Tom to be sentenced to life in prison and eventually die. According, To Kill a Mockingbird “I don’t know how they could convict Tom Robinson, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they do it tonight” (225). This quote shows how all citizens knew
Mayella Ewell claimed Tom Robinson beat and raped her. Both of Bob’s and Mayella’s testimonies have many loose holes and have multiple things that don't add up. For example,Tom not being able to use his right arm, but Mayella claimed he got on to her, beat and choked her. “And so, a quiet, humble, respectable negro, who has had the unmitigated TEMERITY to feel sorry for a white woman, has had to put his word against two white peoples. The defendant is not guilty. But somebody in this courtroom is...now, gentlemen, in this country our courts are the great levelers. In our courts, all men are created equal. I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and of our jury system. That's no ideal to me. That is a living, working reality!...” (Lee 273). This paragraph reveals the theme of racism in the city of Maycomb because Atticus has to re-explain why Tom is innocent. He has to keep telling them that the evidence from the Ewells don't add up, there was no positive medical kit, and Tom's story doesn't add up with the Ewells. It shows racism because it shows how far the people of Maycomb will go to make a black person suffer. It shows how much hate is filled with the whites of Maycomb. Tom Robinson is eventually shot 17 times by a police officer, and leaves behind his wife and three children. The outcome of Tom Robinson is horrible. But it shows how little the
Discrimination: unjust treatment of a different group of people or things. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, discrimination is visible. The one most identify with is racism, with a great deal of the story revolving Tom Robinson’s, a black man, jury case. Left in the shadows, though, is the prejudice of other characters, whom the community of Maycomb may find to be a bit on the outs. Whether it is their way of life or how they act, someone always pick up on it and calls them out. Atticus Finch is old compared to the rest of the parents of students at Scouts school, keeping him from activities like the Methodists vs Baptists football game. Boo Radley, making poor decisions as a teenager, is confined to his house twentyfour-seven and
As Atticus begins into his speech, he gives the obvious evidence that Mayella Ewell was abused by a person with a left dominant hand. Atticus proves that “Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left. Tom Robinson now sits before you, having … the only good hand he posses -- his right hand.” (234) Mayella is the true perpetrator of assaulting Tom Robinson, but plays victim of alleged rape.
Knock! Knock! Judge Taylor begins hitting his gavel as the court adjourned. Tom Robinson and Atticus knowing they are going to lose as they take their seats. To Kill A Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee in the 1960’s set in Alabama. This book talks about a lot of social inequality in multiple different forms. When we think of social inequality we think about gender and race, both of these are major struggles in To Kill A Mockingbird and today's society.
" His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side" (186). Atticus uses this evidence to prove that Tom Robison is not guilty and then thought that Bob Ewell was guilty and was interrogated. “You are left-handed, Mr. Ewell" (177) said Judge Taylor to Bob Ewell, after Atticus asked him to write him name on an envelope. Atticus argues that Mayella lied because she broke her family’s pride by hitting on a black man and getting rejected by him which is something that she can’t admit.
Bob Ewell is not a fan of black people. He believes blacks are not equal to whites. He knows tom did nothing wrong, but he just thinks know black man is not guilty. Bob Is not the only one who did not tell the truth Mayella lied too. She told the jury that She asks Tom for a Hand and the next thing she knew he was on top of her. She didn’t go to a doctor for one reason the rape never happened. She said she got hit too but Atticus asked some question and found out the person who punched her was left handed. Tom’s left hand does not work anymore, but Bob is left handed, Atticus knew that because he asked him to write his name. In the end, both Mayella and Bob Ewell
Racial inequality is an ongoing issue in America. Throughout history, people have discriminated against minorities. The same is true in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, where Maycomb is facing a sensible amount of racial inequality and injustice.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a novel that is centered on the idea that “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The beauty of a mockingbird is its innocence. It never harms nor hassles anyone, and spends it's life giving forth song and cheer for all to hear. To kill an innocent bird is a sin, and to punish an innocent man is of equal distaste. The most riveting point of the book is perhaps the court case, When Atticus Finch, father to the narrator, appears in court in the defense of Tom Robinson, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman.
The world is a mosaic of all different cultures and colors, and either these differences can clash, causing a problem, or combine to make something uniquely beautiful. When people clash, it creates war and destruction, leaving people distraught, but when these very same people choose to combine what they know and believe in it can bring wonderful things into the world like celebrations and children. The cultures and societies that these people believe in have their own way of living and different rules. Some cultures may not support the combination of white and black while others would kill to see it. These societies’ all over the world deem certain practices and people to be acceptable, whether it is an established caste system or a simple friend group in high school.
The story is set under the span of three years in the Deep South of Alabama during the Great Depression Era (1930's). Narrated in the first person of six-year-old, Scout (Jean Louise) Finch. The story follows the iconic Finch family: her determined father, Atticus Finch, and her protective older brother, Jem Finch. The action behind Scout's tale centers around her
Set in the 1930’s in Maycomb Alabama, the film focuses on the main characters of Atticus Finch and his two children, daughter Scout and son Jem. Atticus is a lawyer who decides to defend an African-American man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping the white woman Mayella Ewell. The film largely revolves around the court hearing and how the town of Maycomb reacts to their most respected lawyer defending a black man. Atticus is a decent man and is determined to educate his kids to be able to overlook