the next day the kids see a rapid dog slowly moving down the street they tell Atticus this when the rest of the street hears about this they know that the dog needs to be killed but they can't tell the owner. when the dog getting close enough Atticus takes out a rifle and shoots the dog the kids ask him how he had such a good aim. miss Maudie tells them about him being One-shot Finch and how he shot fifteen times and hit fourteen doves. Meanwhile, the tension built in Maycomb after Atticus was assigned to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American man accused of raping white women, Mayella Ewell, the eldest daughter of Bob Ewell, one of the town drunks and perhaps one of the porrets white man in town. Being a man of high moral principles, Atticus refuses to pass on the case to another lawyer and instead stands firm in his conviction to defend Tom. Scout and Jem respect this but the rest of the town doesn't. Mrs. Dubose, a mean old woman who sits out on her porch shouts at passersby,says terrible things about Atticus that Jem cuts down her camellias with Scouts baton. his punishment for this is to read to Mrs. Dubose every
Also as the lynch-mob arrives to murder Tom Robinson, Atticus refuses to compromise and stands his ground. This event shows Jem and Scout how brave their father is to have stood up for his client the way he does without means of violence and without using guns. up to this point The children believe that it is a man’s gun that makes him, they now see courage in a whole new light. Thanks to her father, Scout gained the courage to confront Mr. Cunningham the same evening and is successful in causing Mr. Cunningham to call off his Old Sarum mob. She talks to Mr. Cunningham on a personal level “Don't you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? I'm Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one early morning, remember? We had a talk. I went and got my daddy to come out and thank you. I go to school with your boy. I go to school with Walter; he's a nice boy.”(chapter 15, Lee)
The trial of Tom Robinson came and Jem and Scout had to sneak into the upper balcony to watch. Even though the lack of evidence clearly favored the defense winning, the all white jury found Tom Robinson guilty. After trying to escape the prison, Tom Robinson gets shot and killed. Even though Bob Ewell, Mayella’s alcoholic father, gets the outcome he wants in the trial, his reputation was damaged severely as it became evident he was the one who really abused his daughter.
During this time, Atticus, who is a lawyer, takes on a very difficult case. He is defending Tom Robinson, who is an African American man being charged with raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. At the trial, Jem and Scout try to find seats, but they are all taken. Reverend Sykes, the reverend of the African American church, runs into Scout and Jem and tells them “There’s not a seat downstairs. Do you all reckon it’ll be alright if you all came to the balcony with me” (186)? The children happily take his offer and travel to the balcony where “Four negroes rose and gave them their front-row seats” (186). As time passes, Jem becomes very engaged in the trial. Scout says that “Jem seemed to be having a quiet fit. He was pounding the balcony rail softly, and once he whispered, “We’ve got him” (202). Jem is very confident that they have won the case, and thinks that Tom Robinson will not be convicted to be guilty. Later in the book, when they take a break from the trial, Jem
The lack of justice between black and white people and the mistreatment of Atticus’s family were the first few moments in which Scout and Jem’s were introduced to an evil Maycomb. The realization that Tom Robinson has been accused of raping a white girl with no real evidence and only because he is black, completely shocked Scout and Jem, especially when in reality, Bob Ewell was hurting his own daughter and made her purposely accuse Tom. Although Scout was sure that Atticus is a great lawyer and that Tom will be set free, she is dumbfounded and filled with hatred when the verdict was that Tom is guilty. When Scout asked Atticus explain everything and why happened, he said, “I don’t know but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seems only the children weep,” (Lee, 213), meaning that the only one’s that actually care about how Tom was found guilty is children like Scout, Jem, and Dill and not the other people of Maycomb. After seeing Tom Robinson wrongly convicted, Jem and Scout discover that their nation is completely prejudiced and cruel, making them lose their
Tom Robinson is being moved to Maycomb County jail. This sparks trouble. Heck Tate one day comes to Atticus’s house with men on his lawn wishing they could speak to them. When Atticus went out that night to work Jem was getting ready to follow him, when Scout saw she insisted on going with Dill and Jem. They let her come. They followed him sneaking out of their house to find him. They found him sitting alone outside the jail reading the paper. Then four cars show up and it looks like Atticus was expecting them to arrive. Scout runs after Atticus and Jem and Dill then soon reveal themselves. Atticus immediately demands them to go home. Jem did protest and when he did one was the men grabbed him by his collar. Then Scout kicked him. The man said
He asked him questions like “Did you do this to Mayella?” and “Why did you help her out at all?” Tom responded that he did not commit the crime he was being accused of and that he felt sorry for her, and that’s why he decided to help her out. Then Atticus asked if Tom could catch a cup with his left hand, and he said that he couldn’t because he was disabled in that arm, and then he noticed that the punch marks on Mayella’s face, were on the left and it wasn’t likely that Tom could of punched her.
The story of Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson, the second of the two main conflicts in this book also represented the sin of killing a mockingbird. Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout was a lawyer, and in a court case, Atticus was assigned a black man, Tom Robinson. Atticus was tasked with defending Tom from a false conviction of rape by the Ewell family. Atticus was given a very hard time,and was even threatened by Bob Ewell, who was angered that Atticus ruined the reputation and respect he thought he’d gain. . Bob even tried to murder Atticus’ kids. Atticus
Mayella Ewell tries to seduce Tom Robinson, but Tom is a loyal married man and he refuses her, so as revenge, Mayella and Bob accuse him of rape, the case is taken to court and Tom Robinson is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, even though Atticus gave a very compelling argument.
Scout and Jem soon discover that their father is defending a black man named Tom Robinson who’s accused of raping Mayella Ewell. In school and around the neighborhood, the siblings have to deal with nasty opinions of their father and racial slurs. Both Jem and Scout find it difficult to keep their tempers as
Atticus Finch grew up on Finch’s landing, but traveled to Montgomery to study law. After he finished his studies, he meets a woman fifteen years younger than him and married her, soon after they had two kids, Jeremy and Jean Louis Finch. Jeremy goes by Jem and Jean goes by Scout. The young mother passed away about two years after having Jean from a sudden heart attack, leaving Atticus to raise their two kids alone. Later Atticus has to face a controversial case in his career of law: The Tom Robinson case, Tom was accused of raping a white woman with almost no evidence so prove so, but still got charged with rape because he was African American. Atticus gave his all to prove that Tom was an innocent man, which caused a commotion in the town, since everyone knew that African Americans never got their way in court. Atticus never lets what people say about him get to him, he just stays focused on his work and what is important to him. Atticus was one of the few people of his time in the south that believed in equality and justice for all, no matter who you were or how you
During the winter, Scout wakes up to snow and is scared since she has never seen it before. Her father reassures her and she goes to play with Jem in the snow. School ends later that year and dill come to play with them during the summer. During the Summer Atticus accepts to defend Tom Robinson in court. Tom Robinson was a black man who had been accused of raping the daughter of a wealthy man named Mr. Ewell. During the trial, Scout learned racial equality was a necessity that people needed to learn for a man with a white skin is just as valuable than a man with a black skin. Atticus does not win the trial, since the jury cannot convict a white man against a black. This cause a feud between the Ewells and the
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, a very loyal and experienced lawyer, Atticus has two children, Jem and Scout. Atticus decides to defend an African American man that was convicted of rape of the name Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is said to have “raped” Bob Ewell’s, the towns dirtiest and least liked white family’s daughter Mayella Ewell. Tom has been directed to Atticus by the judge to support him in the case as he knows that Atticus will try his hardest to prove Tom innocent. There were many events in between Atticus choosing to support Tom and the trial between Tom and Mayella. Atticus and Tom ended up losing the trial and Tom was sent to prison. There is a lot a controversy on if Atticus should have supported Tom in
Atticus becomes the attorney for him and tries his best to prove his innocence, which is harder than usual because of his race. The jury, as well as other members of the community, view Tom as strictly a black rather than a true person. Atticus teaches his children to accept everyone, so they do not understand why Tom loses in the end when he is clearly innocent. Both Jem and Scout find it unusual for someone to be hating the blacks. Calpurnia is constantly with them and they appreciate her as a person despite her being black. Tom is found guilty and put into jail, despite the truth being on his side. “Scout discovers that in her world it is not fact that matters within a situation but the color of one’s skin; truth is on Tom’s side, but the inexorable power of racism is on Mayella’s” (Gonzalez 1). This expresses the social status of blacks in relation to others in the community. The Ewells live next to and rely on the garbage dump to make it through the day, but they have higher authority than a hard working black man (Gonzalez
For my paper, I have chosen to analyze the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This movie is based on the novel – by the same name – written by Harper Lee. The story has two major plotlines. One follows Jem, Scout, and Dill as they try to uncover the secrets behind the infamous “Boo” Radley. It’s only at the end of the movie that we learn “Boo’s” real name to be Arthur, and that we discover he actually tries to protect people, as he saved Jem and Scout’s lives. The other major plotline, and the one most relevant to this class, follows Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout’s father, as he tries to represent Tom Robinson. Mr. Robinson is an African American man who has been charged with raping Mayella Ewell. The movie then