In witnessing the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man unfairly accused of rape, Scout, the narrator, gains insight into her town, her family, and herself. The verdict is tragic, but Atticus feels some satisfaction that the jury took so long deciding. Gilmer was the town prosecutor and he had one eye that looked slightly off. He attends school only one day a year. Boo has lived as a prisoner in his own home after getting into trouble as a teen; when he was in his thirties he stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors.
When he noticed the children were all gone, she tells him she had been saving up enough money for all the children to go buy ice cream at once-thus she planned for them to get out of the house. Atticus couldn't promise Tom an acquittal so he didn't try to reassure Tom by giving him potentially false hope. However, if an Ewell displayed similar behavior, he or she would not be excused so easily. When he finally got to the window he saw Tom Robinson on top of Mayella. This episode further develops the idea of gaining empathy for others by understanding their situations. The Scottsboro trials were the main source… 1457 Words 6 Pages Ethan Peterson October 8, 2015 English 11 H Saxton To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Harper Lee is an American Author because Lee was born in America, the book was written in America, and the story takes place in Alabama.
Jem and Scout, his children, encounter many growing experiences throughout their childhood. Atticus sees this as a sign of the beginnings of change for the better. All the black people in the balcony rise to their feet to honor Atticus as he passes them. Braxton Bragg Underwood The owner, editor, and printer of The Maycomb Tribune. Sheriff Heck Tate Maycomb's sheriff who accompanies Atticus to kill the mad dog and who delivers the news about Bob Ewell. Heck Tate asked who beat her, and Mayella asserted that it was Tom Robinson.
The loss of hope and the reality of confinement seem to be what drove Tom to his choice. While the ending implies that Scout has made a significant and beneficial transformation over the course of the novel, Lee leaves the larger problem of the institutionalized racism and economic inequality of the South unresolved. At the end of this fateful night, the sheriff declares that Mr. Scout asks Miss Maudie if she thinks Boo Radley is still alive, and Miss Maudie says she hasn't seen his coffin carried out yet, so he probably is. Additionally, Atticus makes a point of noting that all of Mayella's bruises, including a black eye, were on the right side of her face.
Tom Robinson, a black man, lives on the outskirts of Maycomb withhis wife and children. The blacks especially were treated even below the worst of society the Ewells in particular. It's the first time she's ever walked away from a fight. The children continue to sneak around the Radley house at night. On the night in question, Bob Ewell says he was coming home from the woods when he heard screaming coming from the house. Later, Tom is shot to death while attempting to escape prison. If the jury convicts Tom now, the only possible explanation is that racism either consciously or unconsciously affected the views of the jury-members.
Everyone is silent and still, and Scout feels the sensation of chilliness in the room. Tom starts to leave, but she asks him to take a box down from on top of another chiffarobe. He makes sure that Helen can pass safely by the Ewells' after Tom is arrested. Tom finally says he just tried to help because he felt sorry for her, which stirs up the audience considerably, as it is unacceptable for a black man to feel sorry for a white woman. Ewell is not shaken from his story, but Atticus carefully plants the seed that Mr. They may not like the treatment they receive, but to defy the rules set by the community means literally risking their lives. Alexandra is extremely proud of the Finches and spends much of her time discussing the characteristics of the various families in Maycomb.
Calpurnia reveals that the black community has left Atticus all sorts of appreciative gifts including chickens, bread and produce that have filled the house. She is very concerned that Scout have a feminine influence to emulate. However, Jem and Scout lack the pride that Aunt Alexandra considers commensurate with being a Finch. Scout notices that not a single member of the jury looks at Tom, and she takes this as a bad sign. And the Radley's are b … ased on a house down the street from Lee -Jem is in a foul mood. Ewell said he would and began writing his name out. Tom's account of Mayella's actions suggests that he may have indulged in some form of incest with his daughter, but the taboo against relationships between white women and black men is so strong that even Bob Ewell is shocked and horrified by it.
Jem, Scout, and Dill were all sitting watching the trial start. Raymond promises Dill it will make him feel better. Scout and Dill get into an argument as to whether all the stories Dill has told about his father are true. Ewell testifies with the confidence of someone who knows he's already won. From the balcony, Scout has a good view of the courthouse. The Trial: I walked into the court room, and looked at the jury, they were all white, I knew that it would have to be a miracle to get the jury to come back with the verdict that Tom Robinson was innocent.
Tate leaves the stand, and Bob Ewell is called. Ewell beat his own daughter, as shown by Mayella's bruising on her right side. Highlights of the Trial The Prosecution's strongest witness was the alleged victim, Mayella Ewell. Jem tries to cheer her up and proudly shows her the beginnings of chest hair, which Scout pretends to see and congratulates him on. He is one of the very few human beings who does not hate Hitler. One day, Jem invites one of his poorest classmates, Walter Cunningham, over for lunch.
Ewell said about three feet and that he tried to run around the house to get Tom but that Tom ran out the front door and that he was too tired to chase him. The court witnesses this exchange, and then the children are pointed out to Atticus. Apparently the guards tried to tell him to stop and fired warning shots, but Tom kept running. He was appointed to the case but he wants to try and defend himbecause he thinks everyone should have the same chance. Miss Maudie is the only woman who seems to show any appreciation for conscience, but when she speaks up, Aunt Alexandra is required by civil code to move the conversation pleasant again. Scout, who has a very strong sense of character, does not fit this comparison, and fights against becoming a part of this community.