AP English Language
11 September 2012
Essay of Analysis: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It takes a courageous man like Harper Lee’s character, Atticus Finch, to defend a negro in this time period. Despite the innocence of Tom Robinson, a hard working man accused of attacking a white woman, he will never fully receive the justice he deserves all due to the color of his skin. Although the trial of Tom Robinson was unethical and unjust, the arguments that Atticus presents to the prosecutors were very persuasive. Harper Lee, the author, uses many different styles of writing like imagery and also makes use of the rhetorical triangle.
Atticus Finch brings many convincing points to the table in his case. One of which he argues that the disability of Tom would not allow him to have left the bruises and marks on Ms. Mayella Ewell as she is claiming. Another logical argument stressed by Atticus to try and convince the jury that Tom is innocent proposed that Ms. Mayella had ,in fact, tempted Tom herself. If this suggestion was true she would be disgraced and shunned by not only her neighbors of Maycomb county, but also Robert Ewell her father. Both points that were brought to the jury attention are extremely important because the first one is physical evidence that Tom is certainly innocent. The second argument points out the possibility that Mayella could be lying to try and cover up a “mistake” she made or to try and make peace with herself by “getting rid” of Tom altogether. Atticus does a nice job in bringing strong scenarios to the judge and jury, but the preconceived notations of Tom Robinson, “the nigger,” were too strong.
When Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she included some helpful techniques to lend to Atticus’ case. One technique she utilized was imagery. “Tom Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under his left arm and lifted it. He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with...
Cited: Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1960. Print.
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