To Kill A Mockingbird - Who Is The Most Guilty


Kill A Mockingbird - Who Is The Most Guilty

Who is the most guilty? Review the involvement’s
of the characters in the novel and evaluate weather or not they were guilty,
and if so how guilty?

In the classic novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
by Harper Lee there is an abundance of characters that could be proclaimed
to be the guilty party, but who is truly the guiltiest one of all? The
definition of guilt is as follows; the state of having done something wrong
or committed an offense; a feeling of self-reproach from believing that
one has done something wrong. My job is to examine the characters closely
and determine who is the most guilty in the involvement’s of Tom Robinson’s
prosecution, conviction and ultimately his death.

As I stated, there is an abundance of characters
that could be guilty, from Mayella and Bob Ewell, Heck Tate, to the jurors
and Atticus Finch. All of these characters play a roll in the story, and
a roll in the events that happened to Tom Robinson.

The story is an interesting one, but guilty
parties are found throughout. The story is set against the background of
nineteen thirties Southern life. The Finches are a family that once ran
a large, successful plantation. Their ancestors had been aristocratic ladies
and gentlemen of the south. Now they are reduced to gentle poverty. Atticus
and his family live in a town named Maycomb, he is a career layer. He has
a son named Jeremy and a daughter named Jean-Louse. They also have a cook
named Calpernia, she is a Negro but they respect her greatly. Racism in

Maycomb is evident almost where ever you look, and Negro peoples don’t
have a chance to succeed.

A family that played a huge roll in the
novel are named the Ewells. They live on the out skirts of town by the
dump, near the Negro dwellings. The family consists of Bob, whom has a
daughter named Mayella and several other siblings. In the context of the
book, they are seen as no better than the Negro’s. There is a sheriff named

Heck Tate, he is the one and only police officer in the small town, and
a judge named Taylor, who in the end hands down Tom’s punishment.

To Kill A Mockingbird deals with many primal
and basic lessons in human nature. The book expresses many issues that
affect people throughout there lives. The novel deals with what you feel
inside, and I think that some of the characters, or at least, they should
be feeling guilt inside.

Atticus seems to be a great guy, and a
pretty good layer also but he too played a roll in the events that happened
to Tom Robinson. Although he did try his best, he was beat before he started...and
he knew this. Atticus fought vigorously for him, but failed. Tom was convicted
on the charges of rape and Atticus said to him that he would try an appeal,
and told him to sit tight. When Tom had been sent to a jail, he was scared
for his life and tried to make a run for it, he attempted to scale a large
fence. He would have made it if only for the fact that his arm lay dead
at his side. He was shot seventeen times in the process. Atticus felt guilty,
he was not able to convince Tom that things would work out for him. He
failed at letting Tom know that he could be free.

The jurors are the single most important
people in the court room, and having a clear mind of all prejudices needs
to be preset. In this case it was not. The jurors virtually held Tom’s
life in their hot little hands, and in their prejudicial ways crushed it
without thinking twice. The members of the jurors are undoubtedly guilty
because of the simple fact that there was no hard evidence that Tom did
it, rape Mayella. The jurors should have reviewed the evidence with utter
most care, it almost clearly pointed to Bob Ewell as the abuser simply
for the fact that a right handed person would have beaten her up. Thus
impossible for Tom because his arm lay useless at his side. The evidence
was clear, no doctor was brought to the scene to examine Mayella, clearly
indicating that something was up, clearly indicating that she was in fact
not raped by Tom. The jurors are guilty for the simple fact that they convicted
an innocent man, their racist views go to