Tom Robinson Trial In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine a jury in a room recounting a trial, a trial essentially of black or white. Imagine the doubt running through their heads of the innocence or guiltiness of a black man. Now imagine the trial ending and the verdict being guilty, guilty even though doubt was present, this is a picture of racism. Racism is a very prevalent issue in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. As racial prejudice persisted in Maycomb more African Americans were made to feel useless and of less value. The white people in the town had a mindset of being more significant than the blacks and this was reflected in the way the interacted with them. People can see the outcome of Racism in the way Aunt Alexandra treats Calpurnia, Tom Robinson’s last few weeks of life, and the jury’s final decision of his trial. …show more content…
Tom Robinson was accused of raping a young, white girl, he was then taken to jail and put on trial. Through his words and the words of Atticus readers can see the innocence in this man. Unfortunately, his innocence was destroyed by the evilness through the white people of Maycomb. The prejudice of the men and women ruined his life and eventually made him go crazy and run from jail, which ended in him being shot. “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird…” (90), Tom Robinson is a representation of a mockingbird, by being a man who did no harm, but through the process of the trial and the racial prejudice of the community was slain for his innocence. Racism being a sin in itself was made worse through tom Robinsons unfair …show more content…
Aunt Alexandra decided in her heart that she did not need Calpurnia around before she even made an effort to know her. The people that surrounded Tom during his case had hearts of stone that pre-decided that he was guilty, because of his skin color. Even men and women today are racially prejudice, because they base people on skin tone rather than who they are. If people started living with an open heart and mind, with their eyes closed to skin color more people would get along. And the sin of killing a mockingbird would not be

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