Thursday, February 16, 2012
In chapters 17-22, in "To Kill a Mockingbird", prejudice strikes me to most. It blows my mind, how innocent this man, Tom Robinson, is and the white men of the jury still find him to be guilty. Prejudice is just a foggy window that the people of Maycomb all look into and can't seem to see past it. Atticus proved to everybody that Tom was not able to commit this crime. You can look this man in the eyes and see the agony, and know the truth! At the end of the trial Atticus gives a speech to the jury, and proves that Tom was innocent. He stated that all men are equal, and that everybody is a human being and should be treated like one as well. Atticus knew the jury and everybody in the court room knew Tom was innocent, but they are blinded by prejudice and his the color of his skin.
While I was reading these chapters, my heart was affected emotionally. The water works started to come him when the jury said that Tom was guilty, because anybody on God's green earth can tell that this man did not do this crime. I learned that justice during that time period was not served the right way, or especially fairly. It was basically served by what kind of person you are, and what the color of your skin was. To Kill a Mockingbird, changed my view on things dramatically. I feel terribly sorry for Tom and his family, and my heart aches in pain.
During their time period, prejudice prevailed in the United States as more African Americans entered the area. The thought of African Americans benefiting from society as a result of freedom gained by the Constitution angered white people. During their time period, whites were unable to accept African Americans as human beings. Thomas Jefferson one said that all men are created equal, just as Atticus stated during the trial. Disappointment consumed my heart as the jury condemned Tom Robinson to prison, even after Atticus proved his innocence. I have learned that a man can suffer anguish emotionally as a result of prejudice. I have also learned that during their time period, white men were not tolerable of African Americans and that they were willing to strip a black man of his freedom in order to satisfy their personal desires.
What struck me deeply as I read chapters 17-22 is prejudice. In today's world we don't have as much prejudice as we used to in the 1900's. Prejudice in the 1900's was discussing to me because in this book a colored man named Tom Robinson was not guilty but just because the jury was prejudice they said Tom Robinson is guilty. I knew from the jump start that they were going to say Tom was guilty because he is colored. This was so unfair because his lawyer (Atticus) did everything he could to prove that Tom was innocent which he was.
All the evidence Atticus gave to the jury on how Tom couldn't of hit the girl he is being of cursed of rapping and beating up because he can't use his left hand and who ever hit the girl had to be left handed. I know everyone in that court room knew Tom was innocent but they didn't want to say he is innocent because he is colored. Also, while I was reading these chapters I learned justice back then was not judged as they are today with how much evidence and who is actually guilty or not. Back then they just judged on who they liked more. If you were colored you are guilty from the start of the trial.
From the trial, I have learned how important it is for justice to be served because baseless accusations, accompanied by prejudice, makes innocent people having to go through something he or she has not done.