This demonstrates his lack of respect for both the man in question and his daughter. Mr. Ewell casually slings around words such as n***** with abandon, and puts the African American man’s actions in the crudest way possible, claiming that he was “ruttin on my Mayella”, Bob’s adult aged daughter. By calling a woman of legal age his, Bob shows no respect for anybody in question. This lack of respect for both women and African Americans is a horrible thing, and it is obvious that nobody would accept or want this behavior. It is later said in court that Bob Ewell yelled to his daughter: “You goddamned whore, I’ll kill ya” (260), implying that this case was the fault of Mayella.
He left them blackies in the oven too long and they got burned ” taunt them during their time in England. Gavin shows in her writing how these more obvious types of discrimination were used in this time to bully the person and to make them feel small and vulnerable. In this case comments such as these made the children feel isolated and even more cut off from their ‘family’. Gavin presents these racist comments mostly through verbal communication but sometimes through actions such as. “ They giggled and pointed and stuck out there tongues ”.
The entire town turns against them saying that Atticus is a “nigger-lover.” Even Atticus’ family turned against them, which really hurts Scout, especially when her cousin Francis says “I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family-” (Harper 91). Racism is a major theme in this story along with growing up. Throughout the story the reader sees how Scout and Jem are afraid of Boo Radley because they think he is a monster and try to tease him. Later in the novel they are no longer afraid of him and no longer interested in teasing him. Another example of their maturity is how they view people.
Cassie, the narrator doesn't like him much and finds him quite irritating. We learn a lot about his character in the first chapter, TJ went to the Wallace store and blamed his brother Claude and Claude got whipped because of TJ. From this incident, TJ is shown to be a coward, Claude didn't defend himself as 'he was more afraid of TJ than of his mother'. Also he is shown to be quite evil when he laughs at Little Man when he gets his Sunday clothes dirty. Although TJ is mean and thoughtless, he also gives information about racial incidents.
… ‘The truth is, your sorry mother ran off and left you.’” (Kidd 39) This quote shows how T. Ray is very harsh to Lily, saying words that are harmful. In the novel, it is also shown that T. Ray is extremely controlling and is even abusive to Lily, and is not a father figure to his child, as Lily calls her father, ‘T. Ray’. “‘I hate you!’ [Lily] screamed. That stopped his smiling instantly.
They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t…I feel like I’m on the outside the world peeping in through a knot-hole in the fence…” (20). Bigger’s sense of constriction and of confinement is very palpable to the reader. Wright also uses a more articulate voice to accurately describe the oppressive conditions of a Negro person. An anonymous black cellmate, a university student cries out, ”You make us live in such crowded conditions…that one out of every ten of us is insane…you dump all stale foods into the Black Belt and sell them for more than you can get anywhere else…You tax us, but you wont build hospitals…the schools are so crowded that they breed perverts…you hire us last and fire us first…” (318).
As Mr. Barnett tries to get rid of Cassie he bellows, ?whose little nigger is this? leaving Cassie feeling ashamed and confused. Taylor uses this incident and characters to show that black people were considered, by some, to be less important than whites, since Cassie had been waiting for nearly an hour. The language spoken by Mr. Barnett is strongly patronizing, and it expands the portrayal of racism. Another point where Cassie is complete humiliated is when she bum... ... middle of paper ... ...hool every day, whilst the white school bus goes past and sprays them with red dust.
“Scout, I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…” (227). Prejudice and discrimination are major issues that are present in the town of Maycomb; Scout and her brother Jem are young children who learn about the disturbing existence of the bigotry that they were previously unaware of in their familiar southern hometown throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent African American who is accused of rape by a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird introduces a world that harbors prejudice against some of its very citizens and describes how discrimination was a major flaw in society and still is a flaw present day society. The author, Harper Lee develops
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