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To Kill a Mocking Bird Continuation.

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To Kill a Mocking Bird Continuation Now the trial was at the point of both lawyers having questioned the witness Heck Tate and Heck Tate was to step down from the court and allow the next witness to appear. This was Mr. Ewell (Robert). It is apparent right from the beginning of this stage that Scout dislikes Mr. Ewell as her immediate description of him is, "... a little bantam cock of a man...". This description shows that Scout dislikes Mr. Ewell which indicated to the reader that they to should dislike Mr. Ewell also - the reason that this tool has been used by Harper Lee is to emphasise the clear opposites between the Ewells and the non- prejudice side of Maycomb to heighten the importance of the trial within the book and increase the emotion involved. Scout further describes the Ewell's circumstances. Initially she touches on the fact that the children don't go to school and have not done for generations. This is vitally important as this is an example of traditional country life in a modernised world where Jem and Scout are living. The reason that this is of significance is that the fact that the Ewells are living this traditional life is an explanation of their prejudice, as in the past, America was mainly a racist and prejudiced society where it was socially acceptable to display racist behaviour and to even kill someone for the fact that they were Black. However, the Ewells not being modern people, hold on to these traditional values as these values are some of the only things they have but these values are challenged all of the time in a rapidly and morally maturing society. The next description about the Ewell' s life is that, "Maycomb Ewell lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin". This is important as the Ewell's are living in such poor living conditions next to a dump. ...read more.


The next person to be called up was the key prosecution witness - Mayella Violet Ewell who was the centre of the allegations that she had been raped and beaten by the black man, Tom Robinson. As Mayella swears by the bible that she will tell the truth and be entirely accurate, Scout describes Mr. Ewell as being a dirty man who appeared to have a scolded look "as if an over night soaking had deprived him of his protective layer of dirt." She then goes on to describe Mayella as somebody that appeared to be clean as if she was always clean and not just for the occasion of appearing in court to defend herself. This is significant as it backs up the suggestion that was aroused by the fact Mayella is sensitive and caringly grows Geraniums - as if she was to keep herself constantly clean she is different to her family and is trying to make an effort to improve her life which her father lacks. Again first to ask a single question was Mr. Gilmer he asked Mayella what happened that night and begun by asking Mayella what she was doing on that night. She said she was on the front porch doing nothing. There is no particular significance to this except it is almost unbelievable she would be doing nothing as work is always needed to be done in the lifestyle she is a victim of- so it suggests she is telling a false tale. Immediately after Mayella declares that she was not occupied and was doing "nothing" on the porch judge Taylor discreetly suggested that she should possibly give more detail saying she should not be afraid, however Mayella burst into tears - this is significant as it shows that Mayella is quite a sensitive person which means that it is quite possible that out of fear she has been forced to tell a different story to what actually happened by her father; this is a very serious ...read more.


Further to denting his case, Tom Robinson was asked to recite the events of the day it all happened and does this however says a story different to Mayella and Mr Gilmer then accuses him of lying which further appears the masked image of Tom Robinson showing disrespect and negative contact to Mayella making him look further to be not telling the truth to the court. Immediately at this point, Dill departs from the building in hysterics and he recognises that the behaviour that Mr Gilmer is directing at Tom Robinson is inhumane and causes a great amount of displeasure to the receiver of it but Scout explains that that is his job to act that way and any way he acts is his job and people should not take a personal offence to it. Then we are reminded of Scout's racism as he says "Well, Dill after all he's just a Negro" This is a highly racist remark which shows the relative maturity between Scout and Dill as Dill shows the innocence of a child where prejudice and race does not matter however Scout has been raised in Maycomb where it is believed that White people are superior to black people. Tom Robinson lost the trial in the end and this was entirely due to the high amount of racial prejudice in Maycomb. It would have been apparent/ obvious to the jury that the Ewells were lying and no matter how much the jury wanted to cast their individual votes against the Ewells, they could not do this as in Maycomb it was almost a law that racism would be shown and used in the favour of white people in an argument or feud between a black and white person. The people in Maycomb were not necessarily to be depicted as bad people for their racism but their racism is a product of many generations of tradition where racism has been adopted in all forms and if a person does not know differently then they will not change their views. ...read more.

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