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Killing A Mocking Bird Essay

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In the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", Harper Lee portraits Tom Robinson as a man who is a victim of racial prejudice. While reading the novel, I learned that most white people of the town of Maycomb didn't really like coloured folks like Tom Robinson. White people hardly had any respect for them because they thought Negroes were completely worthless compared to them. It's really sad to see that the coloured people were being judged by their skin colour instead of their actions. On page 75, it says "why id Cecil say you defend niggers?" This shows us that even the young children of Maycomb had no respect for the black people. One thing that white people never realized is that coloured folks ...view middle of the document...

When the final verdict was heard, Tom was found guilty even though there was no concrete proof to back up Mayella's accusations. Both Mayella and Tom were called up to give their testimony. They had two completely different stories. She said that Tom Robinson just jumped on her and abused her whereas Tom said that Mayella grabbed him by the legs and tried kissing him. No black person has ever won in court against a white person because juries always assume that all black people lie. So therefore it seemed that in this case, the juries would believe Mayella. It wouldn't be because she was able to come up with evident proof but because she was white and Tom was a black man.On page 204 it says: "The witnesses for the state with the exception of the sheriff have presented themselves to you gentlemen to this court in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted, confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption, the evil assumption, that all Negroes lie, are immoral beings, are not to be trusted around women."This quote tells us that the law is unjust towards black people. There is no need for a trial if white people will always win against black people even though they might be guilty. Unfortunately the same thing happened this time. On page 203 Atticus said: "The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place." The law is supposed to be neutral towards both sided but if it's not the word "law" should not even be mentioned. The court found Tom Robinson guilty of having raped Mayella because he...

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