To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
Every single day you are faced with a decision. You may not even know you do. Decisions can be as simple as figuring out what you want to wear today or it could be as hard as figuring out what you want to do in life. There will be times in life where you will regret your decisions. You may have not thought through it enough and just acted quickly which caused regret. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird there is times in the book that the decisions they make they will regret.
One choice that Tom Robinson made in the story was when he had to decide if he wanted to help Mayella Ewell when Tom is being questioned. He was asked why he went over to Mayella Ewell’s house and Tom says that he went over to help her fix things when she asked him. On page 263 he says “I was just trying to help her sir”. This Shows that Tom was really just trying to help Mayella whenever she needed help around the house to fix something.
The Second Choice that Tom Robinson made in the story was when Tom decided to help Mayella Ewell & got accused of forcing him on her. Tom Ran away from the scene fast because he knew that he would get accused of harming Mayella even if he didn’t do anything. By leaving so fast it looked like Tom had done something and he was scared he would get in trouble for it. On page 263 it says “Robinson, you’re pretty good at busting up chifforobes and kindling with one hand aren't you?” This quote from the book shows that Mayella's attorney was willing to say anything to show that Robinson was guilty and they would believe what Mr.Gilmer said just because he was black.
The Third choice that Tom Robinson made was when the Jury and Judge were trying to figure out if Tom Robinson was guilty with putting himself on Mayella. They decided that Tom Robinson was guilty of putting himself upon her because he had nothing to back him up even though he didn’t do it. Everything he did made it look like he could have put himself on Mayella so they had to go with what they heard. On page 282 it says “ Guilty.. guilty … guilty... guilty …. I peeked out at Jem his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each “guilty” was a separate stab between them.”
In the End Tom made a lot of decisions that he regretted because now he was in Jail even though he didn’t actually put himself on Mayella. No matter what Atticus did to try and help Tom it didn’t work because Mayella’s Attorney said all the right things and Tom did make it look like he could have done something to Mayella. Maybe if Robinson wasn’t black he could have had a chance of not being guilty but so many people are racist so they think that whoever is a different color skin is guilty of doing something. In this case Tom is innocent but they didn’t believe him just because of his skin color. This book definitely shows a lot of Decisions people made that they know have to live with. We need to think before we do something because we could regret it in the end.