Who Killed Tom Robinson?
Though the prison guard, an individual, shot Tom Robinson dead, it does not
necessarily mean that he alone is responsible for the tragic loss of Tom Robinson. The
society of Maycomb County is conveyed to be a racist community. Many factors prove
this fact, such as the racial slurs that are hissed towards the coloured folks. Coloured
people are treated with hatred and suppressed by the predominantly white society. Due to
the fact that coloured folks are prejudiced against, Tom Robinson and his lawyer, Atticus
Finch “won’t win, [and they] can’t win.” This exhibits that due to his skin colour, Tom
Robinson did not have stand a chance to win the court case, thus displays the height of
the prejudice in Maycomb society. Tom Robinson should not have been sentenced guilty,
and the citizens of Maycomb are well aware of that.
A factor that may have resulted in the loss of Tom Robinson’s case was that the
jury was picked randomly, and the jury happened to be bias against coloured people. A
quote that proves this is when Atticus says to Jem, “If you had been on the jury, son, and
eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man.” This quote explains that if the
court had been run by eleven men who were taught not to be prejudice, like Jem, then the
case would have a different outcome. Though Mayella Ewell and her father, Bob Ewell’s
accusations had been clearly fictitious, "Tom Robinson was still falsely convicted. In the
era of To Kill A Mockingbird, a white woman’s word would overrule a black man’s by
far. Tom Robinson was not guilty for raping Mayella Ewell, but for simply being
coloured -which is one of the main reasons that society had already killed Tom Robinson
before he was shot dead by the prison guard.
“..remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing
but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up...
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