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With close reference to the text write about racism and prejudice in Maycomb showing why it is impossible for Tom Robinson to get a fair trial In this essay I will prove why Tom Robinson was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and what reasons there were for his unfair trial in the racist and prejudice Maycomb County Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell and although of unconvincing evidence he was still put on death row by the racist jury as they would have done of any other man with dark coloured skin The time period of the book revolves around the 1930s a time of great racism in America and is set in the states of the Deep South where prejudicial rights for the whites received great support In Maycomb itself racism was rife and the case of Tom Robinson proves this All the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird are racist at some point except for Atticus It seems that although the people believe strongly that they are better than the blacks they do not show this at any point to people of their own race other than their closest family unless they are supposed to and example of the time to show this is during Toms trial I said come here nigger when Mayella Ewell is testifying Evidence of the characters not showing their racist side to one another can be strongly seen in the ladies of Maycomb such as Aunt Alexandra Stephanie Crawford and Mrs Merriweather This becomes apparent when Mrs Merriweather talks about those poor Mrunas and Living in that jungle with nobody but J Grimes Everett This shows that she feels sorry for them but they only have J Grimes Everett the only white person to keep them under control However the tone that this is said in makes it sound as if Everett is no better
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