“Tom Robinson’s a colored man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world’s going to say, ‘We think you’re guilty, but not very,’ on a charge like that” (294). Nigros during this time, especially in To Kill a Mockingbird, were very hated and unfairly treated.This symbolizes Tom versus society because it’s Tom against everyone else since he’s a colored man and nobody in the Maycomb colony during this time would give a colored man help because they didn’t believe that they deserved it.
“You can just take that back boy!” “My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly” (99). Scout was at school when Cecil Jacobs was trying to get her mad by talking about her dad defending a nigro, Tom Robinson. At this moment Scout really understood how bad racism was in Maycomb colony because suddenly she started to get made fun of for who her dad was defending at court. This symbolizes Scout versus herself because she had to think to herself about the consequences to getting in a fight with him and what would happen if she threw fists.