To Kill a Mockingbird

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Although the judicial system was always meant to be known as a system of law courts that administer justice; this alleged justice was not equally distributed to every person of social status or race even till the 1930’s. Tom Robinson, a black man in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is falsely judged to be guilty by the corrupt court of Maycomb County. Appraised by his race, the trial of Tom Robinson proves that even with sufficient evidence convincing enough for Tom to be innocent, a black man’s word is always doubted. Mr. Gilmer, the lawyer prosecuting Tom spoke to him with a harsh tone that was stingy enough to send Dill out of the courthouse in tears. In the novel, Dill’s anger towards Mr. Gilmer’s acrimony was shown when he exclaimed “The way that man called him ‘boy’ all the time an’ sneered at him an’ looked around at the jury every time he answered-” (266). Scout, replied saying “Well, Dill after all he’s just a Negro”. In the time of Tom Robinson’s trial, all the African Americans of Maycomb were constrained to sit on the balcony, away from the Caucasian individuals. This shows that even in the one place where everyone should be treated equally, the courthouse is just another constant reminder to coloured people that they are not equal in comparison to whites. Even before the trial began, Atticus knew that the trial was not going to be in favour of Tom. When Scout asked him whether they will be winning the case, he replied saying “No… Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (101). This statement shows Atticus knew that Tom was not going to win the trial because of the issue of a white man’s word being trusted against a black man’s word when it comes to the law. The mob that was arranged before the trials of Tom Robinson showed how those of Maycomb County were against Tom Robinson even without the evidence or verdict given. Forming a mob in front of a courthouse is considered to be...
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