Nevertheless, Jem, Scout and their friend Dill go to the courthouse and sit in the black balcony as they watch their father try to save Tom Robinson's life. Atticus looks as if he has figured something out, so he asks Mr. She tries to make sense of a world that demands that she act like a lady, a brother who criticizes her for acting like a girl, and a father who accepts her just as she is. Tom Robinson did nothing but help Mayella Ewell. Even a person like him can feel proud and arrogant walking into a courtroom with a black man on trial.
Scout, knowing the community as she does and as innocent as she is, doesn't understand why anyone would believe Bob Ewell's word over anyone else's. Ewell claims that he heard Mayella screaming when he was coming in from the woods with kindling, and that he ran to the house to find Tom Robinson having sexual intercourse with her. Atticus informs them that the sheriff is nearby, but they counter that they called him into the woods on false pretenses. Trying to be cordial, she innocently begins to talk to Mr. Instead, her son, who can read, sings out a line of a hymn and the crowd repeats it. In Chapter 18, the trial continues, and Mayella Ewell is called to the stand. Scout, unsure what's happening, runs over to Atticus, followed by Jem and Dill.
Had Tom Robinson been a woman accused of seducing a white man, the outcome of the trial would be no different. Atticus then takes Scout and the other children home. Chapter 18 -Mayella Ewell testifies by saying that she told Tom Robinson to come inside to fix up a dresser, and then he raped her. The Finch family is all white, but Jem considers that during Biblical times, it is possible some of their ancestors came from Africa. Even though he knows the real truth, he prefers the story he makes up. And yet, suspense prevails in these chapters.
Scout has never seen anything like their church before, and marvels at how the Church doesn't even have hymns. Dubose said something bad about Atticus. However, if they convict Tom, they do so knowing that they're sentencing an innocent man to death. Ewell is surly and crass in the witness chair, but the judge, who clearly does not respect the man, manages to keep everything orderly. He says he'll say hi to Walter, then tells the men to clear out.
Underwood despises black people, but was still willing to defend Atticus. Jem refuses, and one of the men tells Atticus that he has fifteen seconds to get his children to leave. Ewell testifies with the confidence of someone who knows he's already won. He shows himself to be a highly respectful man, and he carefully and deliberately outlines each piece of evidence. Scout recollects mentally the way that the Ewells live, in a tiny hut made of planks and corrugated iron and flattened tin cans, surrounded by junk salvaged from the nearby dump. Bob Ewell could've let the whole thing drop, but he'd rather be responsible for an innocent man's death than risk having his family further diminished in the town's eyes. Cunningham about how Walter is a good boy, and recounts how they invited him home for dinner one day, and asks Mr.
Scout and Jem almost instinctively understand the complexities and machinations of their neighborhood and town. Ewell says he does, that Mayella had many injuries and a black right eye. He is determined to guard the basic human rights of Tom and all others by using his knowledge and experience in law. Scout, on the other hand, is not so sure it is that easy. To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 15 Summary By Harper Lee At the beginning of this chapter Scout says that after some pleading with his mother, Dill was allowed to stay in Maycomb for the summer. Suddenly, the doors opened and one by one men came out and surrounded Atticus.
Bob Ewell and his children live behind the town garbage dump in a tin-roofed cabin with a yard full of trash. Of course, in a perfect world Jem's innocent belief would be accurate: evidence would be enough to save Tom. She also judges families on the basis of how long they have been settled in the same place. Atticus chooses to represent Tom Robinson, a black man, even though he stands no chance of winning the trial with an all white jury. All three lack the racism that the crowd of white faces in the courtroom propagates. Instead, they are willing to believe a white man-whom everyone knows to be lacking in terms of integrity-without question simply because of his skin color.
But, for an African American man to publicly admit feeling pity for any white person is overstepping societal bounds. Dolphus Raymond, a wealthy eccentric who owns land on a river bank, lives near the county line, is involved with a black woman, and has mulatto children. She claimed, also, that he raped her. Jem tells Atticus-despite Scout's protest- and Atticus goes next door to tell Dill's aunt, Miss Rachel. Introducing Bob Ewell further promotes this dark shadow cast on Maycomb.
Jem, Scout, and Dill snuck up and made their way to get a closer position to see what was going on. Aunt Alexandra wants the children to know all about the Finch family and uphold its genteel heritage, but Atticus has not introduced them to the entirety of their family history, and instead has told them amusing stories, such as how their cousin Josh went insane at university. Cunningham and asks him to say hi to Walter for her. By this time, Scout realizes that the stranger is none other than Boo Radley, and that Boo is actually responsible for killing Ewell, thus saving her and Jem's lives. Scout thought that Atticus was just going for a walk, becaude Atticus thoroughly enjoyed.