A Racist Society In Bob Ewell's To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill Mockingbird is one of the most popular American novel since its publication in 1960. The book has touched the hearts of many Americans and reminded us of racial injustice in our country. The theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is a racist society. This is represented by the characters Atticus, Bob Ewell, and Tom Robinson. All of these men are victims are perpetrators of this injust town.

Atticus represents this harsh society because he is the only one against it. He doesn’t publicly detest those who are fine with this way of life, but he strictly does not follow them in their prosecution of black people. Atticus show by going through with defending man he knew would die no matter what. His defense of Tom Robinson is an event that displays
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Bob Ewell is the human equivalent of trash. But because he’s white he can get away with accusing a nice upstanding man with rape. He was only able to get away with this crime because he was against a black man. Bob Ewell goes as far as to say "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" This is an extremely disrespectful way to claim someone committed a sexual crime. Bob is also a coward that has no backbone to stand up a be a man. An event that supports this is the fact that Bob Ewell tried to kill Atticus’s children. They were an easy target compared to standing up to Atticus. A passage that supports Bobs awful ways is when he was questioned by Mr. Gilmer. In this passage he testified that Tom raped his daughter. In reality he beat up his daughter and wanted to cover up what really happened. This shows that he would willingly kill a man for the town to accept …show more content…
He was a nice, kind-hearted family man who worked at a cotton plantation. Tom never hurt a soul and would always help Magellan Ewell. He said “Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em.” To Maycomb this was unheard of. A black man was not allow to feel sorry for a white person. Tom also represents these racist ideals because he was actually being taken advantage of by Mayella. This is shown in the passage that is Tom’s testimony. He claims that Mayella asked him to grab something off a high shelf when Mayella attack him out of nowhere. But because he was black, that was seen as a complete lie. This caused him to be convicted which eventually led to his death. Tom’s death shows that constant oppression can take a toll on a man’s mind causing him to indirectly kill

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