Thursday, February 16, 2012
Making a personal response
When Tom Robinson was tried for something he didn't do and lost and that struck me the most deeply about prejudice as I read chapters 17 -22. I feel that it was unfair how Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell when he didn't and how prejudice the jury was. The jury was completely blinded from prejudice that they couldn't see the evidence that was presented. Even though Atticus proved Tom Robinson innocent the jury's verdict was still guilty. An important piece of evidence was that Tom could not use his left hand because of an accident when he was young but Mayella was beaten mostly on the right side of her face and it was proven that Bob Ewell Mayella's father was left handed so that was proven that Tom Robinson was innocent. And even Judge Taylor was disgusted, in the movie to kill a mockingbird Judge Taylor slammed the door when he left the room.
I learned that racism is not right but sometimes racism can overcome logic. By that I mean racism can control you if you let it.