Tom Robinson

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Tom Robinson by Mind Map: Tom Robinson

1. looks like

1.1. Negro

1.1.1. "Tom was a black velvet Negro, not shinny, but soft black velvet. The whites of his eyes shone in his face, and when he spoke we saw flashes of his teeth." pg. 210 Tom was a Negro therefore discriminated against because of the colour of his skin.

1.2. Crippled Arm

1.2.1. "Tom Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under his left arm and lifted it. He guided his arm to the bible and his rubber like left hand sought contact with the black binding. As he raised his right hand, the useless one slipped off the bible and hit the clerk's table." Page. 207 Tom Robinson has a crippled left arm. This in a way proves that he is innocent because the bruise on Mayella's eye was on the other side that would of been hit from his crippled arm.

1.3. Strong

1.3.1. "If he had been whole, he would of been a fine specimen of man." pg. 210 He was described as strong and good looking. A perfect looking human besides form his crippled arm.

2. How other people see him

2.1. Respecatble

2.1.1. "I just want the whole lot of you to know one thing right now. That boy has worked for me for 8 years and I aint had a spec of trouble outa him. Not a speck."- pg. 212 Even his employer who is a white man sees him as a good person. He is not one to get in trouble and there are people in the town that support and respect him.

2.2. Nothing special, family orientated

2.2.1. "Tom was 25 years of age, he was married with 3 children"- page 207 He valued his family and everyone knew especially the members of the church who supported him and his family throughout all the troubles.

2.3. Negro

2.3.1. "He seemed to be a respectable Negro, and a respectable Negro would never go up into someone's yard of his own violation." pg. 209 This is the way scout perceived Tom in the courtroom scene as he was giving his testimony. It shows that he seemed like a kind man that was respectable but still categorised as a negro.

3. Feels Like

3.1. Scared

3.1.1. "Mr Finch, if you was a nigger like me, you'd be scared too." Page. 212 Because of his race, he developed a fear from a lifetime of discrimination. Hence why he ran when Bob Ewell came into the room.

3.2. Pride in his good manors

3.2.1. "Did you ever set foot on the Ewells property without an expressed invitation from one of them." "No Suh, Mr finch, i never did, i wouldn't do that, suh." pg. 209 Tom was proud to say he wouldn't set foot on the property without an invitation. Because he knew that his morals and manors were good he was proud to state them.

3.3. frustrated

3.3.1. "They shot him, said Atticus. He was running. it was during their exercise period. they said he just broke into a blind raging charge and started climbing over" pg 256 Tom was so frustrated with the whole trial that he wanted to escape resulting in him being shot.

4. Acts Like

4.1. A Gentleman

4.1.1. "Tom Robinson's Manors was as good as Atticus'." pg. 212 Shows here that although Tom Robinson is a Negro he is just as well behaved and had just as good manors as a fine respected man like Atticus'.

4.2. Helpful

4.2.1. "No Suh, not after she offered me a nickel the first time. I was glad to do it." pg. 208 Tom Robinson made it clear in the courtroom scene that he did the odd jobs out of his own good will and that he was happy to help out Mayella.

4.3. Kind and Thoughtful

4.3.1. "Yes Suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-" pg. 214 Tom stated many times in the courtroom that he helped Mayella so much because he felt sorry for her because of the way she lived. He was kinda and Thoughtful and this was shown in what he said when he was on trial.