How Did Tom Robinson Occur In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“‘Well, Dill, after all he’s just a Negro.’ ‘I don’t care one speck. It ain’t right somehow it ain’t right to do ‘em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that-it just makes me sick,’”(Lee, 266). In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee lays out the story of the Finch family consisting of two siblings, Jem and Scout, along with their widowed father Atticus. This family is faced with a tough break when Atticus get appointed a case to defend an African American (Tom Robinson) in the time of extreme discrimination. Growing up shapes and builds minds to what will fully become of them in future years even though there may be obstacles to endeavor through the process. Tom Robinson has been convicted for supposed rape of Mayella Ewell, which is a capital offense in Alabama. Although Atticus is treated roughly by fellow Macomb citizens he isn’t the only one paying the price for defending Tom. Being a single father of two already put Atticus’s life of being a parent difficult, but when his kids start getting in quarrels because of him he takes to teaching them life lessons which is what he does best,“No matter what anybody says to …show more content…
Mr. Ewell being the real crime committer has a raging attitude though he and his daughter still won the case against Tom, ”It might be because he knows in his heart that very few people in Maycomb really believed his and Mayella’s yarns,”(335) This is shown when citizens, though Tom was distinctly innocent, nevertheless was found guilty, that discrimination is a clear brutality for African Americans. This is illustrated further on when Tom tries escaping jail and gets shot. Tom Robinson's case was merely a possible kickstarter for acceptance of African Americans in the Maycomb County life, and prevent this kind of incident from repeatedly reoccuring in the

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