Theme Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Innocence of Tom Robinson In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells a story about Scout and Jem Finch in their hometown Maycomb, Alabama. Jem, Scout, and Dill are curious about the man that doesn’t come out of his house down the road, and was given the nickname Boo Radley. Dill convinces Scout and Jem to get a look at Boo, they come up with many schemes to catch a glimpse of Boo throughout multiple summers. As multiple summers pass we no longer read about adventures to see Boo instead we learn more about Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus Finch and his job as a lawyer. We start to hear about a case that Atticus is defending the defendant Tom Robinson, a black twenty-five-year-old man, for the case raping and beating Mayella Ewell, a white nineteen-year-old girl. The trial for this case takes place in a courtroom in Maycomb, Alabama in the summer of 1935. Throughout the trial we see Atticus questioning the victim Mayella Ewell, the witness Bob Ewell, the sheriff Heck Tate, and the defendant Tom Robinson. We start to get a glimpse into a supposed crime that took place at the Ewells’ home and the Ewells’ life altogether from different perspectives. Atticus begins giving his closing statement which is calm and measured at the beginning and becomes more emotional towards the end for the innocence of the defendant. In Atticus’ closing argument to the jury, Atticus argues that Tom Robinson should be found not guilty by the jury. Atticus uses a simile, repetition, and
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