Thomas "Tom" Robinson is a character from the 1960/1962 novel/film To Kill A Mockingbird. He is metaphorically and symbolically one of the "mockingbirds" in the novel, in the sense that he is innocent, harmless, and has done nothing wrong.
In the storyEdit
Atticus Finch, a Caucasian southern lawyer, was appointed to defend Robinson by Judge Taylor in a trial in which he is accused of rape Mayella Ewell.
In the trial, Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell.
There is profound evidence found in the trial to say that Tom is not the one who abused Mayella. For example, Mayella had bruises on her right side (from her point of view), while Robinson could only use his right hand (from his point of view) in order to harm Mayella, because his left hand got stuck in a cotton gin and is shorter. Despite this evidence, Robinson and Atticus lose the trial. Later, Tom is shot dead while trying to escape to jail, much to Atticus' sadness and disbelief.
Tom is 25 years old, and is a very kind man who only earns a bad reputation due to extreme racism and prejudice. He frequently helps Mayella and other characters from the book because of his compassion. He goes far enough to state that he felt "right sorry" for Mayella, to the shock of the jury, since it was unheard of that a black man would feel sorry for a white woman. He has three children with his wife, Helen Robinson. He worked as a field worker for Link Deas, another person who tried to defend Tom in court. Even after the ending of the trial, the more racist people of Maycomb County still persecute the Robinsons.