Examples Of Mistakes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.”-David Brin. Get both sides of the story. Have you heard that before? Growing up I’ve heard it countless times. It seemed like I heard it all the time from teachers and my parents. See I jump to conclusions in movies I watch, books and especially in life. I jump to assumptions and I don’t think things through that I end up making mistakes I don’t take in everything I need to come to a conclusion which leads to trouble most of the time. In To Kill a Mockingbird the jury, witnesses and the people watching the trial jumped to the first assumption they could …show more content…
We all know that who really abused Mayella was her father not Tom but we only know that because we read the book; but the characters in the book didn’t think that anyone else could have done it. They assumed that because of Tom’s color he must have done it; Mayella and her family are white so they are better than Tom no matter if they didn’t have the evidence. Atticus caught on though he knew about Mayella’s family and he knew how her father was; Atticus didn’t have prejudice against Tom so he saw the truth before anyone else “Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father.” (251) Mayella and her father knew that what happened to her had to be explained somehow and they knew exactly what to do. Use Maycomb biggest issue in the trial; to use the racism in almost every person mind against Tom. They accused Tom because it was easy it didn’t matter anymore what family it happened to if they didn’t have such a good rep like the Ewell’s. Mayella’s father knew that blaming a black man not caring which one it was because if they weren’t white then they must have done it. It didn’t matter that Tom technically didn 't even have a left hand he was black so he was a criminal he was a sin himself and he was to blame. It was easy for them to blame him and get everyone to believe them. When a fault in a testimony they would point out his color; they would call him the N-word. They were displaying the racism in their testimonies so that the jury and people in the room would remember his color and not focus on their

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