The trial outcome in To Kill a Mockingbird is completely unfair for three reasons. First, Bob Ewellâ€™s testimony was sketchy and untrue. For example, he claimed that Tom Robinson beat and raped Mayella, his daughter. If his claims were true, Bob would have called for a doctor to come and examine her. Furthermore, since he wrote his name with his left hand, he would have most likely have hit the right eye of Mayellaâ€™s. Secondly, Mayellaâ€™s testimony is just as flawed as her fatherâ€™s. For instance, she was dramatic and inconsistent with her answers. She couldnâ€™t remember details about beating, and cried hysterically about Atticusâ€™s intimidation when he interrogates her. He calls her â€śMiss Mayellaâ€ť and â€śMaâ€™am,â€ť which frightens her. Finally, Tom Robinsonâ€™s testimony is detailed, to the point, descriptive, sensible, and truthful. However, he makes a mistake when he says, â€śI felt sorry for her.â€ť Because it was a black man saying this about a white woman, there is a dead silence in the courtroom. The jury was shocked and therefore he was found guilty. The trail outcome in To Kill a Mockingbird found Tom Robinson guilty.
November 3, 2010