To Kill a Mockingbird Newspaper Article
Small Town; Big Scandal By: Jessica Morash Above reveals defence Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson Under the authority of Judge Taylor in the small town of Maycomb County, a black man named Tom Robinson (age twenty-five) was allegedly implicated of raping Mayella Ewell (age nineteen). The occasions being informed had originally taken place according to defense Atticus Finch, when we heard him ask the alleged accused, “Tom, what had occurred to you on the night of November twenty-first of last year?” Among the first witnesses is contacted us to the wait Mr. Gilmer to testify on what occurred the night Miss Ewell mentioned that she was raped.
The first witness was Heck Tate, Maycomb’s sheriff. According to his testament, Mr. Tate specified that he was just delegating go home when, “Mr. Ewell (Mayella’s dad) can be found in, extremely ecstatic he was, and said go out to his home quick, [a black guy] raped his girl.” In return, Mr. Tate was asked if he had actually undoubtedly gone to Mr. Ewell’s house, and he had provided his action, “Definitely. Got in the automobile and headed out as quickly as I could.” It was reported that Mr. Tate had seen Miss Ewell lying in the middle of the floor and was “pretty well beat up,” Mr.
Tate then continued, “I asked her who injured her and she stated it was Tom Robinson– asked her if he beat her like that, she stated yes he had. Asked her if he benefited from her and she said yes he did. So I decreased to Robinson’s house and brought him back. She determined him as the one, so I took him in. That’s all there was to it,” he finished, and the Judge proceeded by asking if Atticus Finch want to ask any concerns to Mr. Tate, and responded yes. Mr. Finch, appearing really unwinded with his legs crossed and arm on the back of his chair asked, “Did you call a medical professional, Sheriff? Did any person call a physician? In reaction Mr. Tate specified that no, he did not call a medical professional. Nevertheless, Mr. Finch wished to make it clear to everybody in the space; he repeated himself two times more and in reaction to doing this, he responded with, “I just wished to ensure, Judge.” Afterward, we’ve learned that Miss Ewell had gotten many bruises, in addition to around the neck and had a black eye on her best side. Quickly after, we heard the name, “Robert E. Lee Ewell!” to be contacted us to the stand. The man was really little, meek he was. Mr. Ewell began by stating his very first words as, “That’s m’name, cap’n,” and you might see Mr.
Gilmer’s back stiffen as he spoke. Mr. Ewell was then asked if he was the father of Mayella Ewell to which he retorted, “Well if I ain’t I can’t not do anything about it now, her ma’s dead.” Judge Taylor stirred, re-asked the concern, then Mr. Ewell returned with his words and stated, “Yes, sir.” Mr. Gilmer then proceeded to ask Mr. Ewell what had actually taken place in his own words. He began, “Well, the night of November twenty-one I was comin’ in from the woods with a load o’kindlin and simply as I got to the fence I heard Mayella screamin’ like a stuck hog inside the house.” As Mr.
Gilmer interrupted, he asked what time of the day it was, and to his reaction he continued, “Simply ‘fore sundown. Well I was sayin’ Mayella was screamin’ fit to beat Jesus, so I dropped m’load and run as quick as I might as much as th’ window and I seen-” His face grew scarlet red, and he pointed his finger to Mr. Tom Robinson. Continuing,” […] I run for Tate fast as I could. I [knew] who it was, all right, lived down yonder [for fifteen years]” Seeming rushed, Mr. Gilmer ended his session giving a quick, “Thank you, Mr. Ewell,” and returned to his seat. Soon after Mr.
Finch had increased as well as Mr. Ewell and both males ran right into each other, resulting a laughing court room. From this action, Mr. Finch asked if he might ask a couple of concerns to Mr. Ewell. Atticus initially asked if Mr. Ewell had actually gone to a physician, this giving not a surprise considered he currently asked it 3 times before to Mr. Tate. In reply to Atticus, Mr. Ewell spoke,” [Wasn’t any] need to. I seen what happened.” Mr. Ewell also said that he accepted whatever Mr. Heck Tate said. Sure after this, Mr. Finch asked if Mr. Ewell could check out or write, to which offered a little dispute with Mr.
Gilmer since he didn’t believe his literacy would have impact of the case. Nevertheless Atticus overthrew this by making certain to show his point in the next question, which was following after Mr. Ewell reacted with, “I most favorably can.” So Mr. Finch gave Mr. Ewell a notepad and asked him to write his name and show everybody (just to prove he really might check out and write). It was seen that Mr. Ewell was left-handed, however he had no hint how this had impact, either. Atticus finally dismissed him. The 3rd witness was contacted us to the stand, we see that it was Mayella Violet Ewell.
Judge Taylor started by stating, “Simply tell us what occurred. You can do that, can’t you?” This concerns Mayella to burst out weeping, covering her mouth. After a few minutes passed and Judge Taylor had soothed her down, Mr. Gilmer took control of when again to ask questions. Miss Ewell then began by stating how she was on her front deck that night while Mr. Robinson was strolling by. She had asked him to chop up an old chiffarobe for kindling. “I said come here, […] and bust up this old chiffarobe for me, I got ta nickel for you. He coulda done it easy enough, he could.
So he come in the yard an’ I entered the house to get him the nickel and I turned around an ‘fore I understood it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did. He got me round the neck, [cursing and saying fowl things]– I battled ‘n’ shrieked, however he had me round the neck. He hit me again an’ again.” Mayella then finished with, “He done what he sought.” A while after Atticus had begun; he had asked Miss Ewell if her father had ever beaten her. In reply, “My [daddy] never ever touched a hair o’ my head in my life […] He never ever touched me.” Atticus then wanted to clarify that the man was Tom Robinson.
He asked him to stand, and it revealed that Mr. Robinson’s left arm was much shorter than his right which ended in a little shriveled hand that just hung by his side. Mr. Robinson supposedly had his arm captured in a cotton gin when he was a young boy and it tore all of his muscles loose from his bones. Exposing this to the crowd, Atticus then asked, “Is this the guy that raped you?” Validated that it was by Miss Mayella, Atticus’s next concern was one word long: “How?” Miss Mayella was stuttering her response revealing that it “all took place so quick,” and “I don’t understand how he done it, he just did. By her saying this, Atticus replies back, “Now, Miss Mayella, you’ve affirmed that the accused choked and beat you– you didn’t state that he sneaked up behind you and knocked you cold, however you turned around and there he was– do you want to reevaluate any of your testimony?” Regarding this, Miss Mayella stood firm and didn’t change a thing. This is when Atticus asked one last time if she wished to be open and tell us what happened. Nevertheless, she wasn’t too impressed by Atticus’s invite and screamed, “I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gon na state no more.
That [male] yonder benefited from me an’ If you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothing about it then you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards, stinkin’ cowards, the lot of you. Your expensive airs do not concern nothin’– your ma’amin’ and Miss Mayellaerin’ do not concern nothin’ Mr. Finch!” and she burst out sobbing once again. The last witness left was called by Atticus. Tom Robinson sat down and Atticus began the questioning. He then asked Tom’s point of view of November twenty-first. He spoke clear, “Mr. Finch, I was going home as typical hat evenin’, and when I passed the Ewell location Miss Mayella were on the porch, like she stated she were. It appeared real quiet like, an’ I didn’t rather know why. I was studyin’ why, just passin’ by, when she states for me to come there and help her a minute. Well, I went inside the fence and looked around for some kindling to work on, however I didn’t see none, and she states, ‘No, I got something for you to do in your home. The old door’s off its hinges and falls coming on quite fast.’ I stated you got a screwdriver, Miss Mayella? She said yes. […] I pulled it back and forth and those hinges was all right.
Then she shut the door in my face. Mr. Finch, I was questioning why it was so peaceful like, and it concern me that there weren’t a kid on the location, not one of them, and I said Miss Mayella, where are the kids?” She replied that they had actually gone to get ice cream. Then he continued, “Well, I stated I best be goin’, I couldn’t not do anything for her, and she states oh yes I could, and I ask her what, and she states to simply step on that chair yonder and get that box down from the top of the chiffarobe. Next thing I understand, she grabbed me around the legs, and it terrified me so bad. Tom continued and stated that after he had actually left the chair, she jumped on him, in a hugging manner, followed by Miss Mayella kissing Mr. Tom Robinson. He then stated that he had not raped Mayella Ewell, or had hurt her in any way. The last summation of the trial began with discussing evidence. Judge Taylor was stating, “The absence of any corroborative proof, this male was prosecuted on a capital charge and is now on trial for his life.” About five minutes later Mr. Finch rises to the jury to start his speech for defence of Tom Robinson.
Following is the conclusion of the speech: “I’m no idealist to believe securely in the stability of our courts and in the jury system– that is no perfect to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no much better than each male of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as noises as its jury, and a jury is only as sounds as the males who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will examine without enthusiasm the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this offender to his household. In the name of God, do your duty. “