Can anyone please give me help on a one paragraph character analysis for To Kill a Mockingbird? I chose to do Tom Robinson.I am writing a one paragraph character analysis on any character in To...
Can anyone please give me help on a one paragraph character analysis for To Kill a Mockingbird? I chose to do Tom Robinson.
I am writing a one paragraph character analysis on any character in To Kill a Mockingbird.
When writing about the character of Tom Robinson, there are a number of issues to discuss.
Robinson is an example of a "mockingbird" in the text; harmless and in need of protection. He qualifies, through his mild demeanor and his generous willingness to help Mayella Ewell, as a mockingbird.
The innocent but suffering mockingbird is recalled in an editorial B. B. Underwood writes about Robinson's death...
Additionally, Tom Robinson is the victim of injustice. This injustice is driven by racial prejudice in the society of Maycomb. Robinson is convicted of a crime he did not commit because 1) the jury would never find against a "white man" in this kind of case and 2) Tom deigned to express pity for a "white woman".
During his testimony, he relates that he felt sorry for the girl. This remark affronts the white men in the jury, who see it as evidence that he is overreaching his social station.
The treatment that Tom Robinson receives from the justice system and from the "court of public opinion" relates to one of the central themes of the novel. Prejudice and justice cannot coexist. Tom Robinson's court case and his eventual death serve to exemplify this notion.