Atticus and most othertownsfolk knew that Tom was innocent, and all the evidence provedvery obviously so. Just as he fathers Jem and Scout in good moral virtues, he tries to teach the town a lesson and infuse them with more virtuous ideas. Scout thinks about how lonely Mayella is - she's so poor that white people won't befriend her, but black people will avoid her because she's white. Scout and Dill return to the courtroom, where Atticus is beginning his speech to the jury. Atticus accuses Mayella of trying to rid herself of the source of her own guilt.
Afraid for his life, Tom then ran away. They may not like the treatment they receive, but to defy the rules set by the community means literally risking their lives. He has become a figure of local gossip and speculation, and the children are terrified and fascinated by his seemingly monstrous, ghostly nature. He says that this was around sunset. Raymond, and Jem has to explain some of his history Scout.
Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson's 'crime' to bring tensions in the town to a head and the author uses the trial as a way of making the ideas behind such tensions explicit for the reader. Showing in society he should be below the blacks on society. Atticus questions Tate next, asking first if medical help was sought. Some people are not willing to do right by serving on a jury because they fear public opinion. This is when, she claims, that Tom took advantage of her.
If the trial goes well, I will appeal against the verdict, and then the court case will go to another place, where the jury won't be so biased against black people. As punishment, he is required to read to Mrs. Arthur Radley The mysterious neighbor who piques the children's interest. Tom is being held on a prison farm, and his wife and children are not permitted to visit him. Raymond himself is also a bit of an outcast.
Jem explains he wants to go out for football next year. Ewell, who has been publicly discredited by the trial, just needs to feel like he is retaliating against someone, and better it be Atticus than the Ewell children. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. Atticus dedicated himself to the trial, which everyone knew was a lost cause. At this point, Dill starts to cry, and Scout takes him outside the courthouse. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus teaches many lessons about people, society, and life, especially to Jem and Scout. Dill's classic method of managing uncomfortable situations is to run away, and he does so here, fleeing the courtroom with Scout at his side.
The society just cannot accept that a white woman likes a black man. Chapter 22 Jem is crying and angry - he thought that the case was clearly in Tom's favor. She is the closest thing to a mother that Scout and Jem have. When Bob Ewell arrived, he flew into a rage and beat Mayella, while Tom ran away in fright. Dill has a very emotional response to Mr.
The rendition of this verdict has brought to a close a trial that has captured the news and stirred the emotions of this town for several months. Scout and Dill return to the courtroom in time to hear the last half of Atticus' impassioned speech to the jury. Scout and Jem were also Mockingbirds at one point in the book. Radley's fellow foot-washers have told Miss Maudie that she and her flowers are going to burn in hell, because any time spent not reading the Bible is time spent in sin, especially if it involves creating something pleasing to the senses. A tree near the Radley house has a knot-hole in which someone leaves little presents for them. This event underscores how thoroughly the justice system has failed Tom and the black community of Maycomb. Mayella sticks to her testimony, but Atticus shifts his questioning.
Jem thinks that juries should be done away with, because they can't make reasonable decisions. At the end of this fateful night, the sheriff declares that Mr. Gilmer's cross-examination shows his extreme sensitivity, as a young child, to the ugliness of society's prejudices and evil. They are stunned at the verdict because to them, the evidence was so clearly in Tom's favor. The Verdict and It's Consequences: For Tom Robinson, the consequences of the trial and the rendition of the Guilty verdict are quite simple and clear.
Tom tried to push her away. Ewell actually saw if Tom was having sex with Mayella. Sheriff Heck Tate Maycomb's sheriff who accompanies Atticus to kill the mad dog and who delivers the news about Bob Ewell. Mayella Ewell is called to the stand. That is standard evidence to support that she was for Tom Robinson in the trial. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 17. When Tom Robinson tells his story, which we can presume is closer to the truth, it is incredibly sad to think that she schemed and saved so long just so she could have a moment of human contact.