An avid gardener, she often spends time talking with the children — especially Scout — helping them to better understand Atticus and their community. Tom was a mockingbird to Mayella especially because he always helped her when he passed by the house, and Mayella ended up accusing Tom of rape. Scout and Dill return to the courtroom in time to hear the last half of Atticus' impassioned speech to the jury. By carefully choosing what happens and who is involved in the trial Lees proves her point explicitly. When Bob Ewell arrived, he flew into a rage and beat Mayella, while Tom ran away in fright.
A jury of twelve whites has reached a verdict that Tom Robinson, a black male, raped Mayella Ewell, a white woman. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee shows many examples of growing up during the Great Depression. Analysis: Chapters 16—17 The trial is the most gripping, and in some ways the most important, dramatic sequence in To Kill a Mockingbird; the testimony and deliberations cover about five chapters with almost no digression. At the same time, Scout undergoes an inevitable disillusionment as she is exposed to the reality of human nature. . Prejudice certainly does come to play in the court proceedings, but Lee explores much deeper human emotions and societal ideals than the straightforward mistreatment of a person based on skin color. Glossary bantam cock a small but aggressive person; a bantam is a small domestic fowl.
The arm simply slips off the Bible again and again. During the trial the Ewells testify that Mayella asked Tom to do some work for her while her father was out, and Tom came into their house and forcibly beat and raped Mayella until her father appeared and scared him away. When running from the courthouse, Dill and Scout run into Mr. From these seats, they can see the whole courtroom. The strongest defense portion of the case was the closing argument that was delivered by Atticus Finch.
It somehow seems fitting that this trial, for a most horrible crime, began during the winter months when all of nature is dead, and has ended with the beginning of Spring when all of nature seems to come alive. By the time the children get into the courthouse, there is no room for them to sit. Tate said that it was her right eye. This is the only reasoning for the jury to convict Tom Robinson. Scout says that all lawyers do that and Mr. Raymond and he offers Dill a sip of his drink. Heck Tate tells that he did not call for medical help.
In Tom's version, he says he passed by the Ewell house every day on his way to work at Mr. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. Chapter 24 Jem and Dill have gone swimming, and wouldn't let Scout come along because they were planning to skinny dip. Helen Robinson Tom Robinson's wife. Tate continued to describe her injures and says that she had a bruise marks all around her throat. At times the witness appeared confused and became frustrated and emotional as Mr. Alexandra is extremely proud of the Finches and spends much of her time discussing the characteristics of the various families in Maycomb.
Even though Atticus believes that she's lying, he treats her with courtesy and respect; Mayella thinks that he's making fun of her. Some people are not willing to do right by serving on a jury because they fear public opinion. However, there were several discrepancies in the testimony that she provided under questioning and cross examination. The state rests its case. For those of you who are just learning about the case: Tom Robinson, a young black man, is accused of rape by Mayella Ewell, a 19 year old girl. Jem tries to cheer her up and proudly shows her the beginnings of chest hair, which Scout pretends to see and congratulates him on. Bob Ewell emerges as a drunken, bullying, child-abuser with little respect for the law and even less for truth and justice.
He gets his revenge one night while Jem and Scout, who is dressed as a ham, are walking home from the Halloween play at their school. The blatant prejudice seen in this trial is appalling, and certainly an issue that the reader cannot ignore. Scout remembers that Calpurnia told Atticus that the day Tom went to prison, he lost hope. Background doesn't seem to matter, because all the families are equally old. Ewell could read or write.
He continued with saying how him and Mr. Tom slips and admits he feels sorry for Mayella, and that pity is part of the reason he helped her. Jem thinks that juries should be done away with, because they can't make reasonable decisions. It is also a way to discreetly show the readers how severe the Maycomb fever is without needing to have Scout, the narrator, comprehend the problem. The novel is a summary of the lives of the Finch family and their learning experiences.