What Does Atticus Kill A Mockingbird? Essay

1082 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Regardless of race or religion, Maycomb had at least one universal rule: “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). To clarify, two people in the story are theorized as Mockingbirds. Tom Robinson and Arthur Radley. One of these people would be Tom Robinson a black male, was treated with respect by his lawyer, Atticus Finch. Uniquely, Atticus is doing his utmost to keep Tom out of prison for something he did not do. However, they did not win the case, racism was too strong in the 11 people appointed to decide between life and death. While such failures must not be discounted, they were in comparison small, when correlated to the ripple it would create within this small community. For all the Ewell’s troubles, the family is now viewed somehow worse than how they were seen before the incident. Though a majority of the people in Maycomb are opposed to African Americans becoming equal to whites, they did not believe Tom Robinson assaulted Mayella Ewell. While an innocent man, Tom Robinson is sitting in prison for a crime that did not happen, people of Maycomb carry on with their daily lives as if nothing has happened. Even if this is true, Tom does not blame Mayella for what she did more so, what her father did. Under these circumstances, Mayella Ewell lied to try to maintain the fact that she would never, at any point, tempt a black man. To explain the situation, Tom says this about the night of the crime, “She reached up an’ kissed me ‘side of th’ face. She says she never…

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