Essay on Racism in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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Many years ago, some men, no, most men, hated Black people. This is a fact that Blacks were forced into getting used to. Daily, Blacks had to face the music that they were hated, they were not wanted, and the reality that most people would rather they be dead. This is exactly how people felt toward Tom Robinson, a Black man who was accused of terrible things just because of Racism; even though he was innocent. Racism in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, affects the events in the novel by costing Tom Robinson his freedom and eventually, his life. It all starts on a normal work day of Tom Robinson’s life. He is walking home along the side of the road and as he passes the Ewell’s home, Miss Mayella Ewell decides to call Tom up …show more content…
After that incident, word gets out that Tom Robinson, a Black man, raped Mayella Ewell, a white girl and it is not long before a mob is gathered together to kill Tom. One day, Atticus Finch, the defendant for the upcoming case of Tom Robinson, is protecting Tom from the mob. The mob comes and looks for Tom in order to kill him because they don’t think that he deserves a case. They say to Atticus, “He in there? . . . You know what we want . . . Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch” (Lee 202). Atticus stands up for Tom, and eventually keeps the mob away from him. Tom is extremely thankful for Atticus and decides to now get ready for the trial. The trial of Tom Robinson is cruel in everything that he has to go through. When Atticus he questions him, he is, what most people would say, very successful in proving Tom innocent. But, when Mr. Ewell’s lawyer, Mr. Gilmer, walks up to the stand, he says to Tom:
Robinson, you’re pretty good at busting up chiffarobes and kindling with one hand, aren’t you? . . . Strong enough to choke the breath out of a woman and sling her to the floor? . . . had your eye on her a long time, hadn’t you boy? (Lee 263)
Eventually, Mr. Gilmer convinces the jury that Tom is guilty and after an hour of discussion, the jury pronounces Tom Robinson guilty of rape. After that, everything changes for Tom. He is sent to prison and sees no way of being released, ever. So, when Tom has the chance, he takes it,

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