I was at the courthouse yesterday to watch the trial in which Tom Robinson ended up being convicted of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. After seeing all of the things Atticus tried to show everyone, I simply couldn’t believe my eyes that the jury could finally find Tom guilty. I have to say that I strongly disagree with the verdict, which should be reconsidered, in my opinion.
I have no doubt that everyone could see through the lame an unconvincing story the Ewells made up to fool everyone. Bob Ewell clearly stated that he held with everything Mr. Heck Tate had said. And he agreed with Tate that Mayella’s right eye was blackened, which had to be beaten up by someone who had used his left hand. And when Mayella was testified, she again said that her right eye was beaten up, which is a huge mistake. For when Atticus called Tom to stand up, the whole courtroom was able to see his useless left hand. It was said to be destroyed since he was a boy by a cotton gin. And how in the world could a crippled man like Tom hit Mayella that hard with his right hand on the right side of the face? That seemed ridiculously impossible. I was being very delighted, indeed, at that moment to see the dishonest Ewells being unmasked publicly. No one could possibly say Tom was the one who has beaten Mayella up. Moreover, when Atticus asked Bob to write his name down on a piece of paper, Bob used his left hand instead of the right distinctively and inconsiderably. That’s again evidence against the deceitful Ewells. Bob is the one who is likely to have beaten his daughter up, not the poor Tom.
Mayella Ewell is a dichotomous person because she is like any other girl that wants to fit in. The one that wants to be something she’s not. She wants to be beautiful, accepted, have friends. She is tired of people thinking she’s dirty or feeling unwanted, like an outsider. She’s alone in a big room of people and cannot take it anymore. The first reason why she is a dichotomous character is she ...
The Ewells’ plan was revealed transparently. In Mayella’s testimony, Atticus asked her a series of questions like why no one came to help her, especially her seven siblings when she had claimed to have hollered, or whether or not Bob had beaten her up. All Mayella did was to remain silent, because their spurious story didn’t add up after all and she didn’t know how to answer those questions. The facts were clearly showed: no one had beaten her up but her own father. So when they announced the verdict, I was so shocked that I was nearly knocked of the chair. How could it be so? How could they convict Tom when Atticus had shown everyone that he was absolutely innocent? That was so unfair. They couldn’t convict Tom because of his color, which he couldn’t do anything about and let that evil and dirty Ewells live happily. I tried to wipe away my tears feeling so sorry for the Robinsons.
I would like to do my best to persuade Judge Taylor to reconsider this case. And, of course, I’d like you, my noble readers, to stand up and claim your support for Tom. I would be much appreciated, I indeed, if you do so. Let’s hope the best for the Robinsons.
My Tra Dang
Cc: Mr. Underwood- Maycomb Tribune