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In Harper Lees novel To Kill A Mockingbird the prejudice of society causes people with differences to become victims of the towns bigotry Not only differences in skin color but also differences in social status As a man who always believes in doing the right thing no matter what Atticus Finch teaches his children Jem and Scout the difference in right and wrong One of the main characters in the novel that is being discriminated is Tom Robinson Tom is accused of beating and raping sixteen-year-old Mayella Ewell daughter of the towns poor white trash family Mayella would sometimes ask Tom to help her out with small tasks around the house After inviting him inside Mayella made a sexual advance to Tom which was morally unthinkable so she connives with her father to accuse Tom of rape Atticus Finch is appointed to defend Tom Atticus would risk his reputation and his life to defend a black man accused of a crime that violated the most sacred taboos of his societyMagill 1991 During the trial some evidence was shown that should have made the jury realize that there was no possible way that Tom could have done the crime When Tom was of a young age he was in an accident that left him handicapped He only had use of one of his arms There was no way he could have beaten and chocked Mayella with only one arm It should have been apparent to the jury that he could not have committed this crime but racism still decided the verdict Even despite the astonishing defense by Atticus Tom was found guilty There is racism inside the Finch house as well Calpurnia has been the housekeeper for many years Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them because she feels like Scout needs a woman role model She senses the respect that Calpurnia has earned in the Finch family
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