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dancetasha | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:08 AM via web

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Who is Tom Robinson?

                                Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson was a twenty-five year old man who was married to Helen and they had three children together....

He went to court for raping Mayella Ewell...

He was a black man.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:24 AM (Answer #2)

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Tom Robinson is a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  He is accused of a crime that he is innocent of.  Tom becomes an important symbol of the innocent mockingbird in the story.  His trial brings many different conflicts outside of the courtroom and highlights several injustices within the town.  His arrest and subsequent conviction brings the issues of racism and injustice to light in the book.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:32 AM (Answer #3)

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His charatcter is also important because his case brings to light things other than racism that are going on in Maycomb.  Without Tom Robinson's case, we would not know as much about the Ewells.  We wouldn't see the problems that Mayella has and we would not learn about the degradation of Mr. Ewell's character.  So Robinson's case really sets up much of what we learn about many other characters.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:17 AM (Answer #4)

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Tom's crippled left arm, injured as a youth when it was caught in a cotton gin while working on Dolphus Raymond's plantation, prevents him from having committed the crime of which he is charged. It is his skin color that works against him, and the jury decides to believe the Ewells' stories instead of Tom's.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:19 AM (Answer #5)

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Tom Robinson is a poor black man who was a victim of his society's prejudice and racism. This is why he is symbolically considered one of the mockingbirds of the story. Mockingbirds are gentle creatures who are victimized by others. Robinson, and Boo Radley, are victims of others' narrow beliefs and prejudices.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:27 AM (Answer #6)

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Tom Robinson is a kind man who is probably one of the only people to ever be kind to Mayella Ewell, but he is black and married, and when Mayella is "caught" by her father, she feels compelled to blame the scene on Tom, instead of taking responsibility for her actions. As Atticus states in his closing argument, Tom Robinson is only guilty of having the temerity to feel sorry for a white woman.

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:28 AM (Answer #7)

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Tom Robinson is a kind hearted man who made a mistake in being kind to Mayella. He should have walked past her house without noticing that she needed help. But that is the kind of man Tom Robinson was. He had compassion for Mayella and stopped to help her with some chores. Tom Robinson took time to help Mayella with chores that actually required the physical strength of a man. In return for his help, Mayella lied in court and caused Tom Robinson's death. 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM (Answer #8)

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Tom Robinson is the honorable black man who helps Mayella Ewell with her chores but oversteps the line in court when he says he 'felt sorry' for her. Tom is not physically able to have raped Mayella: his trial is more about his perceived arrogance in asserting that he was, in any way, equal to or better off than a white person. Sympathy is a sentiment only for those less fortunate than ourselves. When Tom showed sympathy for Mayella, it was interpreted as gross arrogance on his part.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM (Answer #9)

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Tom Robinson is the Good Samaritan of modern times.  (You may wish to read or review the story of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37] and see what parallels you can draw between Tom and the Biblical personage. )

All others pass by the Ewells' place, reviling them in their hearts.  But, Tom Robinson had the temerity as a black man to "feel sorry" for Mayella and stop to help her despite the risks to himself.

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cookiee-monster | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM (Answer #10)

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Tom Robinson is a 25 years old black man who is being accused of rhaping Mayella Ewell, who is part of the "white trash"

He is also the main "mockingbird" in the story, he symbolizes the innocent being destoryed by the evil.

 

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chiechiey | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM (Answer #11)

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Tom Robinson is a black person who is being defended in court by Atticus Finch.He is innocent but was accused of raping a white girl Mayella Ewell, Mr. Ewell's daughter.He is the one who is reffered to as a Mockingbird

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loraaa | Student | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM (Answer #13)

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Tom Robinson is a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and he is black man...

To know more, read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird  ^_*

 

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mikesodano | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2012 at 4:23 AM (Answer #14)

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"Tom Robinson, a black person, lives on the outskirts of Maycomb with his wife and children. He is seen a kind and gentle man earns a lot of respect in the town of Maycomb by his service. Tom Robinson is a member of the church and attends with Calpurnia, this suggests that he is highly religious and respects and worships God. He, like Atticus, is polite and thinks nothing of doing various things for others out of sheer compassion and kindness. Tom Robinson is an idealised figure of a mockingbird as he shows prejudice through his skin colour and invokes sympathy from the audience as we learn he is accused of rape by Mayella Ewell when helping her with household chores, although we learn that it is a false allegation. A couple of days later he tries escaping jail and is shot 17 times, killing him.


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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM (Answer #15)

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well yes, he is a 25 year old black man who is being accused of raping Mayella Ewell, daughter of Bob Ewell.

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theescapist64 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM (Answer #17)

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Tom Robinson was a black man accused of raping Mayella Ewells, a white woman, in To Kill a Mockingbird. It is clear that he is in fact innocent, but being black, his argument is unfavorable with a racist, white jury.

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smallhobbit1998 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:40 AM (Answer #18)

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HE A BROWN BOY

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jk3246 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:55 AM (Answer #19)

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Tom Robinson is a character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.His charatcter is also important because his case brings to light things other than racism that are going on in Maycomb. Sympathy is a sentiment only for those less fortunate than ourselves. When Tom showed sympathy for Mayella, it was interpreted as gross arrogance on his part.

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applehellokitty | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM (Answer #20)

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TOM Robinson is an african amercian at the age of 25,who was accused of raped by  Mayella Ewell. Mayelle Ewell accused Tom Robinson of raped because she was trying to kiss Tom , and then her father Mr.Ewell had caught her ,so she blame that Tom had raped her in order to cover up for her trying to kiss Tom.

 Tom was later killed when he was trying to escape prison by climbing over the fence, he was shot (mulitple number of time ether 2,3 ,4 or 7)

His lawyer for the trial was Atticus Finch , a respectful,truthful ,honorable man who sees the world as both  a good and evil place that needs justice to be done and done correctly.

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rowdywilson | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM (Answer #21)

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Like everyone has said, he is the black man that is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Harper Lee wrote that whole entire book just to critize how innocent people are charged and sentenced to things that they did not do. That's how the title of the book came along, "To Kill a Mockingbird." The novella states that to kill a mocking bird is a sin, and the mocking bird is Tom/innocent people. What inspired her was "The Scotsbough Trial."

In the "Scottsboro Trial" 11 or so men were accused of raping two women. The doctors had checked them out for evidence and they had found dead semen in them. Ruby and the other girls name (FORGOT IT) had sexual intercourse with their boyfriends the night before. They courts had nothing on those boys except for the fact that they were African American and that town was racist. In the end the boys were all falsey accused of the rape and were all indited then killed.

In "To Kill a Mockingbird" that is what she was critizing and Tom Robinson represnted those men. Harper wrote that whole book for that trial!

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