Racial Dilemmas In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird has been a gripping tale. It has displayed the dilemmas caused by racial differences while still providing an entertaining plot for all to relish. The Tom Robinson trial was depicted with precise details. In result, a reader can feel the mounting tensions felt by members of the trial, jury, and audience. Atticus gave an awe-inspiring statement as lawyer of the defendant. There was a tragic end to the case, however, as the jury found Tom guilty of rape. In this journal, I will be characterizing and predicting.

To begin, Tom Robinson is a man who rattled Maycomb. He was taken to court for allegedly raping Mayella Ewell. This seems like a fantasy when one considers the peaceful characteristics Tom displays. First, Tom
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To start, I believe a main reason for this is the element that the Blacks honor Atticus. They want Atticus to know that they have a great feeling of gratitude towards him. It is a heartwarming deed that Atticus did for the Black community. He represented them in a time when no one else would. This was risky for Atticus because he gambled losing respect with Whites in Maycomb. The Black people realized this, and acknowledged it by giving him a standing ovation as he left the courthouse. People of colored skin in Maycomb have only minimal freedom to make their own choices, and hence they nearly worship Atticus. He is one of the only grown men who can change Maycomb’s ways to allow Blacks to have as many rights as whites. Then, the non-white community also has identified that Atticus has done lots for their cause. He has given up lots of his time and invested much of his energy in developing ways to win the Tom Robinson case. Atticus sacrificed being with his sister and kids at home in a determination to produce change in the small town. Everyone in the Black community feels indebted to Atticus, and the least they can do at the moment is salute Atticus for his struggles. Contrarily, Atticus believes he is only doing his job, as he knows the unfairness with which whites treat Blacks. He does not want to be looked at as a hero but as a guide. In his own eyes, Atticus sees only a person finally stepping up for a problem that should have already been solved. By the same token, the Blacks know that Atticus put forth his best effort. As stated by Atticus, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 101). From this, one can infer that Atticus is not one to give up an opportunity. He will attempt anything he believes is even just meagerly possible. This is how the blacks got to

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