Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird In the novel by Harper Lee named, To Kill a Mockingbird, there is one main tragic event that occurs. The feelings and expressions dealt with in the novel are seen through the eyes of the main character, named Scout. In the novel Tom Robinson is a black male accused of rape in Maycomb County. During the same time period as the novel there were many historical events that were almost identical in setting and conclusion. 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…show more content…
In the poverty-stricken parts of Huntsville where Bates spent her time, blacks and whites played together, drank together, and even sometimes slept together” (Scottsboro). It was as if these two women were taking out the anger of their own misfortunes on these innocent black boys. They had no reason to dislike the blacks other than they lived in a time period of racial hatred. The woman in the novel that makes the rape accusations lives in a similar setting to the women in the Scottsboro Trials, and her name is Mayella Ewell. She and her family were not wealthy people, and as a result were forced to live near the black community. Throughout the novel Mayella's father uses racial insinuations such as, “why, I run for Tate quick as I could. I knowed who it was, all right, lived down younder in that nigger-nest, passed the house every day. Jedge, I’ve asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down younder, they’re dangerous to live around ‘sides devaluin’ my property—“ (Lee 175). Mr. Ewell mentioned that the blacks are a nuisance to live near, which is ironic because the black community would probably say the same thing about him. Another reason that prevented black people a fair trial, was that lies were told, and readily accepted. The black community was not given any credibility inside, nor outside of the courthouse. The Scottsboro Boys Trial is a perfect example of a case built around
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