To Kill A Mockingbird – Who Is The Most Guilty To Kill A Mockingbird – Who Is The Most Guilty Who is the most guilty? Review the involvements 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 involvements of Tom Robinsons 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 dont 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 Negros. 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 Toms 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 Toms 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 them and couldnt see the truth. In every town there is a sheriff, in Maycomb his name was Heck Tate. He is the only police officer in town, and he is also white. He was the first official on the scene when the supposed rape occurred, and saw Mayella squirming on the floor with her father standing over her in an esthetic rage.
If the sheriff did his investigating in a better manner he would have discovered that Mayella had been beaten up by her father. Heck Tate did his job in a lazy manor, and with held evidence to the extent of his words and his investigating. He took Bob and Mayellas word for it without separating them and getting proper statements from them. He didnt call in a doctor, which could have determined whether or not she was raped. In my opinion, Heck Tate did a lousy job in investigating the whole manner, and for that is guilty for Toms conviction and death.
Bob Ewell lived on the out skirts of town and despised Negros. He lived with his daughter Mayella and several other siblings. He was a mean spirited human being, and spent all the familys relief checks on himself buying into his addiction, alcohol. He did see the events in question, but they did not happen they way he said they did, not at all. He heard a commotion in the distance and ran to see what the matter was.
He saw Mayella trying to get onto of Tom Robinson, he was mortified. This was a sin, to be with a Negro man if you were white. Bob started screaming, and Tom was scared off. He then was so mad he proceeded to beat Mayella on the right side of her head, later brought into evidence. He knew what he was doing, he knew he was going to blame Tom for the beating and rape of Mayella even though he knew that if did not happen(the rape).
Bob Ewell is guilty to the full extent, for costing a man his freedom..and his life. Mayella Ewell is at the center of the whole case, she is the key to Toms guilt of innocent. If she would have had the guts to come forward and confess the lie that brought down an innocent man, the case would have been dismissed. She wanted him so badly because she had no one. She thought she loved him, but love was inferior to her urges, she wanted him to love her.
She is guilty of planning the whole event that in the end would take a mans life. She wanted to get with him, but her plans didnt work. When he pushed her away rejecting her she snapped and opened her mind hating him. The reason she lied was for the simple fact that he rejected her, and she could not take this. Her guilt is evident to me, she started a really horrible lie, she was protecting her father. It was wrong and she is absolutely guilty.
In the end an innocent man was convicted and died in the hands of the criminal justice system because of a few individuals I have mentioned. Guilt is evident throughout all of the character, and maybe even some more can be guilty. At the end I will say this, an innocent man was convicted and died because of the actions of a few individuals, and one lie.