Racism Over Reason For Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1045 Words Feb 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Maycomb County, the setting of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, has a deeply ingrained culture of racism over reason. Tom Robinson’s death was unjust, yet few mourned and the eventual death did not shock anyone. The reason for this tragedy is that Tom was too confident that people would show good morals when faced with a complicated decision. He made a series of poor choices that placed him in a difficult situation that even the best lawyer could not get him out of. Although Tom was framed, it was his own mistakes that enabled Bob Ewell to prosecute him in the first place. He did not anticipate the extreme level of racism he would face at court, rather, he believed that he would receive an unbiased trial, which most certainly did not occur. Tom Robinson is ultimately responsible for his own death because of his naive faith in humanity.
Tom Robinson brought on his own death because he failed to distinguish between what is acceptable and what is racially stigmatized in the courtroom. The three most influential people in the courtroom were white men with no oppression to contend with. Each of these men presented an unfiltered and raw argument, the style which Tom Robinson emulated in his defense. However, he explained, “‘Yes suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em’.” (224). Tom Robinson expected that the audience would see his good intentions. However, Tom was held to a different standard than the white men. Instead of seeing the truth,…

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