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Using Tom Robinsons trial as a starting point explain what we learn about Maycomb Society after reading To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lees novel To kill a Mocking bird revolves around Maycomb a typical rural town of the American South The story is set in the 1930s a period when racism and prejudice are commonly encountered in everyday life The novel follows the conviction of an apparently innocent Black man sentenced almost entirely due to his race It is through this mans trail we see how harsh Maycomb society is on minorities During the trial scenes we learn a lot about peoples views and beliefs on other people and the strict codes by which people have to live We learn the most about Maycomb Society through the trial Town trials were big social events in the 1930s The trial is described as a Gala occasion and many people acted as if they were attending a Carnival rather than to see a man on trial for his life The towns reaction to what is happening tells us a lot about peoples ideology and the general time frame We learn more about the mutual hatred between African Americans and whites in a legal sense Groups like the Idlers club and the Mennonites enjoyed seeing a Black mans freedom taken away from him Tom Robinson was found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell in the face of very strong evidence that his accusers were lying One reason why he was convicted was because it was a white mans word against a black mans one Tom who is black would be denied justice because of this Atticus reinforces this idea when he tells Jem in our courts when its a white mans word against a black mans the white man always wins Generally this was the mentality of most Americans at the time In Maycomb a white mans word was always taken without any regard as
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