The Tragedy Of Tom Robinson 's Fate Of Dead Inevitable Essay

841 Words Jul 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Racism had made Robinson’s fate of dead inevitable. “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed”. In the particular place and time, it was simply because Tom was black and Mayella was white. In the era of 1930s, the whites had overwhelming power over the blacks who were seldom protected by law. Although Atticus did a brilliant job to expose Bob Ewell and his daughter’s lies and convinced most people that Tom Robinson was closer to innocence than sin, and it took extra effort and time for the jury to make a verdict, the sentence was still guilty, due to the predominance of racist opinion at that time. In modern days, the discrimination from the legislature and the courthouse is reduced by laws. In 1964, the famous Civil Rights Act was enacted to outlaw discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. By generations of efforts, the tragedy of Tom Robinson would have a low possibility to happen again.
Besides racism, To Kill a Mockingbird also shed light on a more general form of prejudice, by the story of Author Radley. Author Radley was the son of Radley’s family who just lived next to the Finches. Because his social isolation from the rest of Maycomb, people hardly saw him came out of his house and terrifying rumors on Author’s cruel and horrible personality spread out. Scout, Jem, and Dill called him Boo Radley due to their perception of Author as a scary bad person. The three little characters maintained their fear…

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