• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"What insights into life in the southern state of America were suggested by the arrest, trial and death of Tom Robinson?" - 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by renowned novelist Harper Lee.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD English Advanced "What insights into life in the southern state of America were suggested by the arrest, trial and death of Tom Robinson?" 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by renowned novelist Harper Lee, is about how prejudice and ignorance come together into a very hateful force and how one man had courage to stand up against injustice when there was very little hope. The novel also shows how prejudice was so strong in the southern states of America that it was able to blind the judgement of individuals. The novel introduces many themes like racial segregation, racial myth, society pressure, ignorance due to misunderstanding, corruption, social destructive taboo, revenge fuelled by hate and prejudice. All these themes led up to the arrest, trial and subsequent death of Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white girl. ...read more.

Middle

By singling out Mr. Cunningham and talking to him about himself she unknowingly gave back his identity and humanity. More evidence can be found in the courtroom, where racial segregation can be seen when the white people are separated from the blacks. The white people area allowed to sit up front, while the niggers have to sit on the balcony. Just because a person is different in colour they are automatically branded and called Negro. With that they are deemed to be like animals, the low of the lows in society, they cannot be trusted, they are thought to be untruthful, they have no rights what so ever and can be treated like dogs. This shows complete ignorance and prejudice in the mind; also this is a very good example of racial myth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tom Robinson seems to be quite smart in his responses to Mr. Gilmer, showing he is not dumb like many white people think. But Mr. Gilmer is infuriated by Tom's answers and asks if he's being impudent to him. The juries' decision of guilty was absolutely profound, after all the evidence Atticus produced they still found Tom Robinson guilty. Social pressure and corruption appear in this scene, the jury was pressured to vote guilty because if they didn't people would think that they chose a nigger over a white man. It is lucky that there are people like Atticus who can see past the skin colour and differences, 'To Kill a MockingBird' is a very insightful book into the southern states of America, ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Examine the different kinds of prejudice and injustice which you have found in 'To ...

    4 star(s)

    They make the most of what they have got and relish it. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' also demonstrates segregation in the courtroom. White people sit at courtroom floor level, alongside the judge, jurors and witnesses. Black people sit in the coloured balcony above the white people where they cannot be seen.

  2. How effectively does Harper Lee convey her ideas about prejudice in her novel To ...

    On the other hand, if Atticus feels a certain way about the Ewells, he doesn't act negative towards them and attempts to teach his children to accept everyone 'Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes for a minute'.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    Then she starts yelling at them about how Atticus is defending "niggers," and says that Atticus is no better than "the trash he works for." Jem tries to follow Atticus's advice regarding Mrs. Dubose: just hold your head high and be a gentleman.

  2. Compare and contrast how the role of childhood is presented in the novels To ...

    The elements of play are mentioned in the novel too, Jem buys a twirling baton for Scout and a miniature steam engine for himself. The language used by the characters in the books is another major difference. Claudia, Frieda and Pecola speak in dialect, which reinforces their colour and to a certain extent their poverty.

  1. To Kill A Mocking Bird : Harper Lee - A chapter analysis.

    Slowly, the threesome make their way to the back porch and Jem, brave as ever, volunteers to climb the porch to peer in the back window. A few minutes after he positions himself under the back window the shadow of a man crosses the porch.

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird - How does Harper Lee create mood and atmosphere in ...

    The first witness to be questioned is Heck Tate, who is the local sheriff ? at the beginning of his questioning, there is a slight element of uncertainty, which creates a nervous and tense atmosphere for the reader. When he changes his mind as to which side Mayella Ewell?s bruises were on, it gives a sense that he is unsure.

  1. How Does the Writer Use the Trial of Tom Robinson to Bring Out the ...

    The children are very disappointed with the jury?s verdict, and can?t understand the reason for the unfairness and prejudice. Jem has an epiphany once the jury have announced their verdict and that is when he realises how the world works, and how not everyone is kind-hearted.

  2. How does Harper Lee make the trial scene dramatically effective in the novel To ...

    courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire?. These are effective because they make you think of morals and how you shouldn?t just blame someone or follow what is

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work