Written by David, Elma, Herman, Makda, Scott
Tom Robinson is a foil of Boo Radley because of how both of them were described negatively in the book. For example in the story, Scout got into a fight with a classmate named Cecil about her dad defending a black man. Scout comes home and talks to her father about the court case and finds out the name of the black man -- Tom Robinson. Scout thinks that just because someone is black and others say you should not defend a black man you should not, from the quote “‘If you shouldn’t be defendin’ him, then why are you doin’ it?” (Lee 75). What Jem thought of Boo Radley was “he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hand were bloodstained--if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off”” (13). From what it looks like here is both of these people are getting described because of their first appearance and impression. Here another quote from the story, “‘How could they do it, how could they?’” (213). Here Jem has a totally different perspective than what Scout thinks of Tom, but this is after the trial when Tom is guilty. Jem thinks that call was uncalled for. He thinks that Tom is not guilty because of the evidence proven at court. Evidence that could have got Jem to his thinking of Tom being innocent was, one of where Tom was talking about how he couldn’t move one of his arms because of an accident. How this foils Boo Radley is that Boo had something that affected him too which was his shyness throughout the book.
Tom Robinson is a kind person. In the middle of the story it talks about how Tom is a kind person. He helps Mayella whenever she needed it (197). One time that it talked about how kind Tom is, when in the end of book, Scout got to know Tom a better than before and comes out saying to his dad that Tom was a kind and nice guy (281). How Tom helps Mayella is that he fixes a door and chifferobe for her. He feels sorry for her and kindly helps her no matter what needs to be fixed. Tom being so kind to a white person surprised others because usually black people are not so kind and caring for a white person like Mayella. Tom helps Mayella without hesitation because he knows that no one is available to help Mayella and he feels bad about that. Tom is doing what is right because you should not just leave someone hanging if they need help and you are available to help that person. The main emotion in this is Tom is feeling sorry for Mayella that no one is helping her. On the other hand, others view him as a guy who committed a crime of raping Mayella and physically harassing her (185). Since this got turned into a court case, there is always conflict an included with this.
Tom Robinson in the story during his trial is a character versus society conflict because usually the white people would side with the white and the black people would side with the black people. In this case, the jury is all white people that believe Tom is guilty. They believe that Tom is guilty for his crime of raping and harassing Mayella. Using the evidence provided, Tom has to try and prove that he is innocent in this crime and should be free. During this time, there is tons of segregation going on. In this case, it is a black versus white, or Tom Robinson versus the whites (203). Most of the whites are going to be siding with the whites no matter what type of evidence is presented. They know that black people like Tom is going to lose. Even though Atticus’s evidence was pretty solid, it will not change the fact that the jury, who consist of white people, will change their relationship with the blacks and make it a fair trial. During the time of the book, it was the time of 1930’s when segregation and racism was happening. When it did come to the jury to decide if Tom is guilty or not, the whole jury thought Tom was guilty even though the evidence provided was good enough to say Tom is innocent (211). In the end, Tom lost the battle against society because of his color.
Tom Robinson is a foil, a kind person, and experiences conflict against the society. Tom was kind enough to help someone like Mayella who needed help. Even though he is thought as a kind person, a kind person like Tom goes into a court situation where he is arrested for raping and harassing Mayella. In this court case, it is Tom versus society because Tom has to prove himself that even though he is black, he did not do the crimes presented. Therefore, Tom is a foil, but a kind person, while being in a conflict where it is him verses the society.
Tom Robinson in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Essays
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Choose a character out of the novel; describe the characters personality and placement in the novel.
Answer the following questions:
- How does the character relate to the Finch family?
- How does the Finch family feel about the character?
- Why do they respond to the character like this?
(Silke Lösch, Calantha Lyle, Hayley Slade and Elonie Taylor.)
In the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ written by Harper Lee the Finch family are known in Maycomb County by everyone, whether through their eyes it’s for a good reason or bad reason. The Finches are very important to the novel as they have a lot to do with the issues bought up during the novel. Mr Atticus Finch is an individual in the…show more content…
Mr Finch played a large part in Tom’s life as it was his job to make it a clear point to the court that Tom was an innocent man and so Tom (unlike many black people) wouldn’t fall victim to the hating and wrongful judging of the whites. Tom respected Atticus and Atticus respected Tom, with this in concept it made it hard for the Finches to be respected by the whites but Atticus did what was right and stood by Tom all the way. Tom was very grateful and this created a great bond between Tom Robinson and the Finches.
Tom Robinson was a man who respected others and had good moral standards. He was a truthful man and always helped those who were in need. For his kindness he was repaid with the judging eye of the whites and it cost him his life. ‘You’re a mighty good fellow, it seems- did all this for not one penny?’ He died in prison when he should have been a free man. He is seen as a man of truth, love and dignity. Tom Robinson was an innocent man who told the truth throughtout his trial while the whites lied just so they could see a grateful, kind, helpful man pay the price for their wrongdoing and all because he had different coloured skin.
Tom became a major part of the Finches lives and was of great importance to the novel. All did not approve of him, but the Finches did. The Finches put their lives and reputation at risk by doing what Atticus knew was the right thing to do, which was to save this