How does society's expectations and stereotyping of male and female roles affect the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Discuss how this stereotype affects men and women today. Please use examples and/or quotes from the novel in a proper paragraph.
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I'm not so sure that male/female stereotyping had much to do with the final verdict in the Tom Robinson trial since it appears that the all-white jury had already made up its mind to convict the black man before the trial had begun. However, if the jury had been truly unbiased, they would have probably had a far more interesting verdict at which to arrive. They would have had to decide if Mayella Ewell was guilty of making sexual advances toward Tom, as he testified. Such a case would be rare even today, since virtually all sexual charges involve a man attacking a woman. Most juries would probably have a hard time believing the story Tom told--that he was kissed and restrained by Mayella before running from the scene. A jury dominated by women would also find this scenario hard to believe, and few men would probably be vindicated of such charges.
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