To Kill a Mocking Bird, Tom Robinson considered guilty before trial?

I'm doing an essay for Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird, and I'm trying to write about how Tom Robinson was considered guilty even before the trial. What would be good strong points in the story to make my point?

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5 Responses to “To Kill a Mocking Bird, Tom Robinson considered guilty before trial?”

  1. emersed says:

    Unfortunately yes. He was given an unfair trial no matter who his attorney would have been. Certainly this taken place in the deep South where racism was so prevalent there was no way he would have been considered not guilty. If you also take in consideration that even the “negroes” at that time even had to sit separately, his side of the story or for him to even testify would have gone on deaf ears. Realizing that this took place when it did, even into the 60′s, blacks could not drink from public fountains, had to sit in the back of the bus, KKK murders and fought for an education in the south, Tom would have been guilty before the trial even started. Sad isn’t it? Great film wasn’t it?

  2. bncsfbb says:

    In the time, a Black Man’s word is worth less than anyone else’s in the first place: To be suspected of crimes against a white boy, puts him even further down the food chain, so to speak. I’m afraid I’m in a rush to my next class, so I’ll have to finish this answer later on today if the question is still open. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. :(

  3. minchey says:

    because of the times and the color of his skin played a huge factor

  4. Spartanly says:

    The mian reason Tom Robinson was found guilty and then killed was because he was black and lived in the racist south. There are several examples of injustice for black people in the book…Scout notices the inequality most obviously when learning about the Holocaust. Her teacher explains that such oppression of one group of people could never happen in the United States and Scout is astonished. She heard Miss Gates outside the court house during Tom Robinson’s trial saying that, referring to black people, she thought it was, “time somebody taught them a lesson, they thought they was getting’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.” Scout sees Miss Gates’s statement about blacks in clear conflict with her statement about the equality in America. Obviously, racism is a major theme of the novel. During the Depression era, blacks were still highly subjugated members of society. Blacks were not permitted to commingle with whites in public settings, as exemplified in the courthouse physical separation of races and in the clearly distinct black and white areas of town. Moreover, things like intermarriage were almost unheard of, and sorely looked down upon. Throughout the novel, Scout explores the differences between black people and white people. She and Jem attend church with Calpurnia and Scout truly enjoys the experience. Afterwards, she asks Calpurnia if she might be able to visit her house sometime because she has never seen it. Calpurnia agrees, but the visit is never made, largely because Aunt Alexandra puts a stop to it. Jem, Scout and Dill also sit with the black citizens of the town in the balcony of the court house to observe the trial. In addition, Scout and Dill have a lengthy conversation with Mr. Raymond, a white man who married a black woman and has mixed children. Mr. Raymond reveals that he pretends to be an alcoholic by carrying around a paper bag with a bottle of Coca-Cola inside in order to let the town excuse his choice to marry a black woman.Tom Robinson is convicted purely because he is a black man and his accuser is white. The evidence is so powerfully in his favor, that race is clearly the single defining factor in the jury’s decision. Atticus fights against racism, and a few other townspeople are on his side, including Miss Maudie and Judge Taylor. Jem and Scout also believe in racial equality, but are obviously in the minority. When Atticus wins the trial, he tries to make his children understand that although he lost, he did help move along the cause of ending racism as evidenced by the jury’s lengthy deliberation period. Usually, such a trial would be decided immediately.

  5. extraovate says:

    White mans word in the South back then > Black mans word in the South back then