"To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee. This essay is a modified speech of atticus's final statement in court. Goes for 3-4 minutes and is 1073 words in length

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To Kill a Mocking Bird

Atticus's Last Statement

Gentlemen of the jury, you have now heard both sides of the occurrence on the 21st of November 1932, it is quite clear that, that afternoon a disturbance occurred at the Ewell family property. The facts that have work their way out of the woodwork, clearly state that the plaintiff Ms Mayala Ewell was severely beaten on the right hand side of her body. Ms Ewell claims that the defendant Mr. Tom Robinson bashed then raped her. Now lets review the evidence, Mayala Ewell was beaten on the right hand side of her body. Tom could not cause such severe injuries, as it would take a left handed person to do so, Tom, many years ago had his left arm injured in a farming accident which virtually left his arm immobile. So it is physically impossible for Tom to commit the offence.

It would take someone who is equally strong with his left as he is with his right hand, or naturally left handed, and as you saw Mr. Bob Ewell write his name with his left hand. I believe that someone naturally left handed could cause these injuries to Mayala. Now Mayala's own father Bob is naturally left handed, a man who saw his own daughter with a black man in his own house.

There was no medical evidence to prove that Ms Ewell was raped. We are relying on testimonies of two men who were not present at the time of the supposed crime. One a father with a rough background and has a dislike to Negroes. The other, the Sheriff who has to keep the town in order and the town's people happy. He has the ultimate power, and will use that power even if it is to falsely...