Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chapter 21 Questions

1) Who believes that Tom Robinson has a chance at being set free? Why do they believe this?

2) Why do Reverend Sykes and the rest of the Black spectators stand for Atticus, even after his defendant, Tom, was found guilty?

9 comments:

hhoolllyyy. said...

After Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell and put to court, mainly the Finch children - Jem and Scout - truly believed that Tom had a chance to be set free. I think they felt this way because after listening and watching the testimonies of the community members apart of the case, it was strongly obvious of the truth. The clues all showed that Tom was in fact not guilty and it was Bob Ewell who hurt Mayella. The children also knew that their father Atticus was an excellent lawyer and throughout the case demonstrated outstanding skills for defending Tom Robinson. In the end Tom was announced guilty, even though everyone knew the truth. It was a matter of black versus white. Both children are still quite young and can't even understand how or why people think that black people aren't even human and the awful racism that took place. These reasons all explain why they believed this.

a r i a n a; said...

1) When Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella I believe Jem,Scout,and a lot of the other black spectators thought he had a good chance on being let go. I think they all felt this way because when both Mayella and Tom gave their testimonies Mayella would change what she said everytime Atticus would ask her what had happened. Also, a lot of time had passed before the jury gave their verdict which gave everyone a lot of hope for Tom, and although Tom was announced guilty, everyone; including Jem and Scout knew Atticus was a good lawyer.

2) Reverend Sykes and the rest of the black spectators stand for Atticus at the end of the hearing- even though Tom was pronounced guilty, because he was a white man who stood up to defend a black man, even though the rest of the community would have a lot to say about it. I think they also stood up for Atticus because he was a good lawyer and they all knew he gave it his all and there was nothing more he could do because the jury had made their decision even though they were wrong.

sara said...

1) When Tom Robison was accused of raping Mayella Ewell Jem and Scout believed that Tom was going to be set free. I think they felt this way because after listening to the testomonies it was obvious what the truth was. The children also knew that Atticus was a very good lawyer and he argued his cases very well and very clear. Even after all this Tom was announed guilty and the children new that this was wrong and so did alot of the Negros. In Mayecomb everything was based on what colour you were and Jem and scout didnt understand why. They didnt understand why nergos are treated unfair and unhuman.

ALI said...

#1) When Tom Robinson was accused of raping and physically abusing Mayella i think Jem,and scout thought he had a good chance on being set free. I think they thought this because when they heard mayellas testimonies Mayella would change what she said every time Atticus would ask her what had happened. so the truth was reveled and was very obvious that tom Robinson was not guilty. and it also gave faith to the court because the jury took a while to come up with a decision, if tom Robinson is guilty or not!

jackie. said...

2) Reverend Skyes and the rest of the black spectators stood for Atticus because they have respect for him. Atticus took Tom's case knowing that it would oppose a threat to his home life - Jem and Scout. Atticus saw through the color of Tom's skin and believed Tom was innocent and showed the court he was. I think they also stood to show their gratitude, Atticus did not give up and did the best job he could in defending Tom and i think everyone in the court room could see that, he didn't let Tom's color get in his way, he was looking for justice.

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Igal B said...

I think this is because even though Atticus lost he gave put in all the work possible. Even though Atticus knew that they were never agree to set a black man free the court continued for a long time. The black spectators took a stand because they believed that a white man took a stand to what he believes is right and not what some prejudice social codes. He fought of what he thinks justice proves and not some race. They believed that he deserves respect.

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