How did Tom Robinson die?

Tom Robinson dies when he is shot by the guards in the Enfield Prison Farm while attempting to escape.

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Set in Macomb, Alabama, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the moral, emotional, and mental development of the protagonist and narrator, Scout Finch. Much of her development is guided by her father, Atticus , as he attempts to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson—a just, hard-working,...

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Set in Macomb, Alabama, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the moral, emotional, and mental development of the protagonist and narrator, Scout Finch. Much of her development is guided by her father, Atticus, as he attempts to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson—a just, hard-working, and generous Black man who has been falsely accused of rape by a white woman.

Tom Robinson is accused of assaulting and raping Mayella Ewell, though it later becomes clear that it was actually Mayella who tried to seduce him. To convince the jury and judge that Tom is not the culprit, Atticus points out that Mayella's injuries were primarily on her right side, which meant a left-handed man beat her. Tom's left arm is crippled and he cannot use it; however, Mayella's father, the violent and abusive Bob Ewell, is left-handed.

Despite all the evidence Atticus presents, the racist jury finds Tom guilty, simply because he is a Black man accused of harming a white woman. After the trial, Tom is sentenced to death and sent to the Enfield Prison Farm in Chester County. Atticus still has some hope for Tom's appeal case, but Tom loses hope and tries to escape from jail. Tom's escape attempt is unsuccessful, and a group of guards see him and immediately shoot him, killing him on the spot.

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