He signs the warrant because he fears that he might lose the respect of the community if they were to find out that his daughter had " kissed a black man." He also fears to lose his reputation and so he takes out his anger on his daughter by abusing her. This anger is a result of his prejudice. He was angry with his daughter for kissing a black man because he "hates and despises coloured-folks." ... ... middle of paper ... ...trong force in the book by every character being individually affected by it.
They are afraid to do or say anything against Abigail or the girls even though the town believes that the girls are telling the truth. The witch hunt that occurred in The Crucible can be attributed to the theme of Authority and Power and since the community believed in those in a position of power, the abuses that these people did and their need for control increased the severity of the events. Had the town not placed such power in the hands of these girls and in the hands of strangers such as Rev. Hale and judge Danforth many lives would have been saved. The beliefs of the town gave those in a position of power a want for control and they began to stop at nothing to achieve that.
They feared Richard, and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear. White coworkers beat Richard because his boss was kind to him. Richard later had to leave a good job because those racist co-workers would “kill” him. When the principal at Richard’s school had asked Richard to give a speech to a large audience of white and black people, Richard refused to read the principal’s prepared speech. By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much.
The most glaring example of racism in the novel is when Tom Robinson is convicted of raping Mayella Ewell just because he dared to feel sorry for her. The result of this racial prejudice leads the people of Maycomb to be very hypocritical and have double standards. They say they have sympathy for other races in other countries but then they treat the ethnic minority in their town with great disrespect. The prejudice of the town is produced from fear, historical context and their social conditioning. They are afraid because of ignorance and not being able to understand new and different things.
Abigail went to accuse many people without any proof because she disliked them for her own personal gain. McCarthy also went to accuse many people without any proof which led to his personal gain, but it was off of anger towards the communists and not individuals. John Proctor and Arthur Miller are also two major people who are alike, as both of them criticized the court and were accused for being a witch or a communist. The two were convicted on false accusations but most importantly Proctor did not want to sell out his friends to the court, which Miller did the exact same with the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). Miller not selling out his friends to the HUAC was the reason for his conviction while Proctor not selling out his friends helped him see the truth in
It was really sad that they were so prejudiced against the black people. Atticus was unable to bring about a just verdict because he was in a very prejudiced court and, regardless of the proof, the outcome would still be the same. Atticus knew that Tom Robinson would be found guilty. The victim, Mayella, had been beaten, but not by Tom. Tom Robinson would still be convicted because of the all-white jury.
Walter just got labeled trash because of his social class. Aunt Alexandra is being very rude about all of this. The court case had been very unfair and because of this Scout started to realize the unfairness in society. “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts when it’s a white mans word againist a black man’s word, the white always wins.
Winthrop writes “some rumor began to spread, that the child was a monster...”, this shows how his society was ignorant to the possibility of still born children. They didn't understand why a child could be born still, so they came to the conclusion that it must have been the woman's fault. He goes on to say that the women was right to leave town because people started to suspect that she was a witch. Benjamin Franklin on the other hand used logic to benefit himself and teach others to do the same. He was very adamant about the idea that “Time is Money”.
Tom Robinson got an unfair white jury. Aunt Alexandra ended Scout and Jem’s going to church because it was a black church. People did not care how Tom was treated because he was “only a black.” The town turned against Atticus for defending a black man. Racism in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird affected the events by not giving black people as much chance of being taken for their word of innocence, which demonstrated not only an unjust legal system for persons of color, but an unfair system in other aspects of life as well. Aunt Alexandr...
The guys thought that women would not be able to handle such a thing of investigating a case and looking for clues; Mr. Hale said, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell 30). Mrs. Hale found several bits of evidence but she decided to hide it from everyone else. Mrs. Hale was hiding the evidence because she did not want Mrs. Wright to be convicted of murdering her husband. The reasons for that are because she felt culpability for not going to visit Mrs. Wright so she would not feel so lonely. She also thought that Minnie Wright had suffered too much because of Mr. Wright and it would not be fair for her to go to jail and pay the consequences that she already paid by marrying Mr. Wright.