So what better way to get rid of his daughter’s sin, then to set up a trail to kill Mr. Robinson, and cover up his charges he would have faced of assault, at the same time. We know that Mr.Ewell beat Mayella in the heat of anger because Mayella tempted a black man. (Lee, 272) Mr.Ewell tried to blame Tom of beating Mayella, but Tom only had one good arm, and that was his left. (Lee, 315) The medical professional came in and said that someone with a dominant right arm, which is the arm that Tom couldn’t use, beat Mayella. Mr.Ewell, on the other hand, claims that he can “write with both hands” as stated in the trial against Mr.Robinson. Mr. Ewell claimed that Tom had raped his daughter, yet there is no evidence to any medical report or any phone calls to a medical professional that Mayella was beaten, or raped. (Lee, 271) If Ewell cared for Mayella, why wouldn't he have called, we knew he had a phone, given that he called the sheriff to report the rape. (Lee,
Robinson was being accused of doing to Mayella. The jury took one look at Tom, and voted
Throughout the book, people like Bob and Mayella Ewell use Tom Robinson as a scapegoat. Mayella Ewell claimed that Tom raped her, but the trial revealed that in fact, it was Mayella that advanced on Tom, and her father that beat her. At the trial, Mr. Link Deas rose from the audience and said: “‘I just want the whole lotta you to know one thing right now. That boy’s worked for me eight years an‘ I ain’t had a speck o’trouble outa him. Not a speck.’” It is worse enough that Tom is a scapegoat for all of Mayella's problems. But furthermore, as proved in the quote, Tom only wanted to help Mayella, and he would never hurt a soul. He did nothing but provide help for her pro-bono and even went as far as saying he “felt bad for her.” Tom Robinson had no aspirations to hurt Mayella and it was unfair that he was targeted for the
I am reading the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. This book is about a girl named Scout Finch who lives with her brother, Jem, and her father, Atticus, during the Great Depression. They live in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a town where everybody knows everybody. There is currently a trial taking place; Mayella vs. Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of rapeing Mayella. Tom has pleaded not guilty for the crime he has been accused of. In this journal I will be evaluating Tom’s character and questioning why the Ewells may be lying.
Rumors spread like wildfire, but when the rumor spreads each time it is told it is changed. A new detail is added, a bit of flare is put in to make it even more exciting. Rumors are not the truth they are not even close to the truth, yet people seem to believe rumors more than what the truth actually is. Due to this gossip and these rumors we get people like Boo Radley who are largely misunderstood and who have been given a reputation built on the fantasies of others. These stories that are spread make an innocent man look like a monster in the eyes of the people. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” gossip is something that Maycomb county thrives on. Thanks to Miss Stephanie Crawford everyone in Maycomb is an expert on anything and everything
Tom Robinson enters To Kill a Mockingbird accused of raping Mayella Ewell but leaves To Kill a Mockingbird dead. Atticus Finch the defendant in Tom Robinson’s case and the father of Jem and Scout, did not fail Robinson, Robinson’s family or his own because he tried his best to prove that Tom was not guilty. For example , Miss Ewell explained that the attacker in her testimony, Tom Robinson had force himself on her, began to hold to her by the neck and hit her repeatedly after she asked him to bust up a chiffarobe for her. Heck Tate, the sheriff and witness of the trial had said Mayella only had bruises on both the neck and right side of her face, this now raised a red flag for Atticus. For Robinson to beat Miss Ewell repeatedly on the right side of her face he would have to use his left arm which got caught in a cotton gin years before. The disability that Tom Robinson had created great evidence for Atticus’s defense but didn’t work because of the unjust community they both live in. Maybe it would have worked if the trial was held in a courtroom that is built on justice for all, not just for the white.
Tom Robinson was a very helpful man and a hard worker, yet after Mayella Ewell sexually assaulted him he was put to trial for his life. In the trial the Ewells testify that Tom raped and beat Mayella,
One of the most widely watched trials in Maycomb history ended Tuesday December 9th when a jury found Tom Robinson, 25, guilty of raping Mayella Violet Ewell, 19, daughter of Robert Ewell. The guilty verdict hinged on the testimony of Robert Ewell, who claimed to have seen the crime. Tom Robinson’s Attorney, Atticus Finch put up a strong defense, but was unsuccessful in convincing the jury of twelve white Maycomb county residents that Robinson, a black man, was innocent. Finch has stated that he was disappointed in the outcome, but will appeal the verdict. The prosecutor for the state, Horace Gilmer said “he felt Robinson had gotten what he deserved.” Robinson was taken into custody following the verdict. Any appeals will take several
Tom Robinson, a hard-working gentleman of color, found guilty for rapping nineteen year old Mayella Ewell although, he is innocent. More than that, Robinson is found guilty because of a prejudiced jury.
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.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird we learn that Atticus is defending a black man named Tom Robinson in court. Tom Later reveals during the trial that he helped Mayella Ewell, the girl that is accusing him for raping and beating her, with a couple of household chores and states that he "felt sorry for her" (Lee 264) because "she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em" (Lee 264) This showing of empathy from Tom Robinson brought his ultimate downfall when he was convicted by a full jury of whites even though she was made a liar when she was questioned by Atticus. The jury stubbornly believed that her word was better than Tom's because she was
Through rumors and ignorance, lives, careers, and relationships are ruined. Scout Finch, the younger sister of Jem and the daughter of Atticus, is morbidly curious. She wants nothing more than to get to see her neighbor, Boo Radley, and wants to be included, even though she is young and a lady. She tends to take everything she ever hears as the truth, no matter how much it is a lie. To Kill a Mockingbird covers many serious topics, such as growing up, racism, courage, and even rape, but it addresses rumors in a unique way. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird covers the effect of a rumor, through “Boo” Radley, segregation, and even the Finch family, she proves that a rumor is nothing more than the words of someone too lazy to seek out the truth.
Mayella has proven through her actions that she is the main cause of Tom Robinson being convicted, without any real evidence that he was actually guilty. Mayella invited him into the house and made moves on him. Mayella felt guilty for loving him. Mayella Ewell is the reason Tom Robinson was convicted
Tom Robinson is a young, disabled Negro who is charged with the rape of Mayella Ewell. He currently has a wife and three children at home and works in the field of one of Maycomb’s residents. He is a respectable, humble, kind person whom was trying to help Mayella because no one else would. His strong sense of manners and good heart are the reasons he helped Mayella with her chores. Atticus knows that Tom is innocent which is why he is defending Tom in court. After Mayella Ewell makes the charge of rape, Tom's verdict comes not from facts, but from the stereotypes that concerned every resident of Maycomb. They did not take the time to know Tom, but feared and hated him unethically. Tom is a representation of a mockingbird in the story because
Rumors regarding others’ flaws or secrets are constantly spread throughout all societies, but when are they ever true? This is an insightful question that the characters Jem and Scout may be asking themselves following their experiences of racial prejudice and unfair judgement of others in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Racial issues are still a problem in society today, as are many of the other morals taught throughout the story. For example, the discrimination of the character Tom Robinson leads the children, Jem and Scout, to come to the conclusion that society creates opinions about others based on prejudice, rather than the truth. The author includes many important literary devices that develop the novel and teaches