To Kill a Mockingbird– Atticus Finch– Monologue
Gentlemen, I shall be short, however I want to utilize my remaining time with you to advise you that the case of Mayella Ewell and Tom Robinson is not a difficult one. To begin with, this case must have never concerned trial. The state of Alabama has actually not produced one iota of medical evidence that reveals that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever occurred. This case is as simple as black and white. It needs no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all sensible doubt as to the regret of the defendant.
Miss Ewell did something that in our society is offensive: she is white, and she lured a *****. The accused is innocent, however someone in this courtroom is. I have absolutely nothing however pity in my heart for the primary witness for the state, but my pity does not extend up until now regarding her putting a man’s life at stake. She understood full well the enormity of her offense, however since her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted. The state of Alabama has actually relied entirely upon the statement of two witnesses whose evidence has actually not just been called into major concern, but has actually been flatly opposed by the offender.
I require not remind you of their look and carry out on the stand. They have actually presented themselves in the cynical confidence that their statement would not be doubted. They were confident that you, the jury, would support the evil assumption that all *****’s lie, and are immoral. Mr. Robinson is implicated of rape, when it was she who made the bear down him. He put his word versus two white people’s, and now he is on trial for no obvious reason- other than that he is black.
Thomas Jefferson when said that all males are created equivalent, a phrase that the government loves hurling at us. There is a propensity in this year of grace, 1935, for particular individuals to use that expression out of context, to satisfy all conditions. We know that all men are not produced equal in the sense that some people would have us believe. Some people are smarter than others, some people have more chance due to the fact that they are born with it, some males have more cash than others, and some people are more talented than others.
But there is one method this nation in which all males are developed equal. An institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the oblivious guy the equivalent of any president, and the foolish male the equivalent of Einstein. That organization is the court. However a court is just as noise as its jury, and the jury is just as sound as the males who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have actually heard, decided, and restore the accused to his household. In the name of God, do your task. In the name of God, gentlemen, think Tom Robinson.