Finch was a lawyer by profession, who accepted the case when asked by the town’s judge to represent a negro man, Tom Robinson, going to be charged with rape of a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Finch loses the case and Robinson gets killed by Sheriff Tate’s deputy while attempting escape. Despite contradictory evidence, the jury comprised of white men found Tom guilty as charged, who was later killed by Sheriff’s deputy while attempting escape. Later, Mayella’s father, Bob Ewell, attacked Scout and Jem but was killed by Radley. Sheriff persuaded Finch that killing Bob was in children’s defense and reported that Ewell fell on his knife. This essay aims to analyze and discuss facts of the cases depicted in the film, the significance and relevance of the roles played by prosecution and plaintiff in the courthouse, the entertainment value of the film and how it relates to the real world, the accuracy in depiction of the legal system and the effects movies have on public opinions (To Kill a Mockingbird).
The case of State v. Robinson was central to the story of the film. Robinson was accused of committing crimes, i.e. raping and beating Mayella. According to the testimony of Sheriff Tate, Bob Ewell came to his office and reported that her daughter has been raped by a black man in his house. He went to the crime scene and saw that Mayella was severely beaten. She had abrasions on her head and arm, finger marks on her neck and black right eye, which occurred about half an hour before. She accused Robinson of the crimes and identified him. According to Mayella Ewell, Robinson helped her in chopping up an old chiffarobe for a nickel. She went inside the house to bring the nickel and when turned around, Robinson attacked, raped and repeatedly beat her. She struggled and screamed and then saw her father standing over her asking who did it. According to Bob Ewell, he was coming home from the woods and heard Mayella screaming upon reaching the