To Kill a Mockingbird

Who is Tom Robinson?

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Tom Robinson is a black man who stands falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus agrees to take his case, even though he knows it is probably hopeless, if only to show the white community its own moral degeneracy.



The black field hand accused of rape. Tom is one of the novel’s “mockingbirds,” an important symbol of innocence destroyed by evil.


To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee