Eeny meeny miny moe, catch a nigger by it’s toe, if it squeals let it go, eeny meeny miny mo. This well known nursery rhyme would never have raised an eyebrow in the 1930s, but would cause complete mayhem today!!! Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” set in Maycomb county is arguably one of the most thought-provoking books of the century. Throughout the book, the wide range of characters experience different prejudices that haunt them in their everyday existence. These discriminations are brought to life through the thoughts and actions of Jean Louise Finch (also known as Scout), the main ones being socioeconomic and racial. We learn that while standing up against prejudice can lead to persecution in the short term, the long term effects …show more content…
The county of Maycomb is a prime example of a town which was ruled by racial prejudice. The white folks of the town automatically assumed the worst of any black person, disregarding facts and evidence. This is highlighted throughout the court case of Tom Robinson on trial for raping a white girl but is obvious in everyday life as well. Whilst talking to Jem and Scout about the outcome of the case, Atticus admits “In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins.” Inclusive language has been used in this bold statement to emphasize how a white man is superior no matter what circumstance. This amplifies prejudice based on skin colour, which was also carried into the courtroom “but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box."-Atticus. This racial bias overshadowed all decisions and views held by the Maycomb society resulting in …show more content…
The short term effects of taking a moral stance and listening to one's conscience may seem small, but the long term outcome could be far reaching. Take Atticus for example, he stood up and built a strong case for a black man in a society which was filled with prejudice towards negroes. Generally in the case of a black man, the jury’s decision would have been made in minutes. Instead Atticus’s statement made them deliberate for hours. Although he knew he wasn’t going to win the case, this outcome was still a step in the right direction. He faced criticism and hatred, yet he still proved a black man's innocence in the eyes of most of the town. Nelson Mandela is another classic example of a man who took initiative and stood out against racial prejudice towards blacks in the 1900s. He fought against the South African government to stop racial prejudice and bring racial harmony to South Africa. Yet he got sentenced to 27 years in jail for doing so. After serving his time Mandela became president of South Africa and established the ‘Truth and reconciliation commission of South Africa’ for the victims of racism and racial prejudice. We learn from these two individuals that any one brave person can make a significant difference to society. Sometimes all it takes is a seed to be planted in people's minds for change to begin. Although at times efforts to speak out seem futile, the
There 's a point in everyone 's life when people are forced to wear a mask to hide their true selves. People want to fit into what they think is normal. Most of the time, the individual behind the mask is very different from what they are being perceived as. They can be evil and wicked, or they can be smart, loving, and caring. Characters in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee live through the Great Depression and Segregation. They all have qualities that make them unique in their own ways. In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, citizens are put under stereotypes all throughout the novel. Characters get assigned labels that aren 't entirely correct. Dolphus Raymond, Mayella Ewell, and Boo Radley are all products of what it looks
Scout's perception of prejudice is evolved through countless experiences in Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird. Written in the nineteen thirties, To Kill a Mockingbird promotes the understanding of self-discovery through Scout, an intelligent and outspoken child living with respectable family in Maycomb County, Alabama. Throughout various encounters in the novel, Harper Lee causes Scout's perspective to change and develop from innocence to awareness and eventually towards understanding.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many different themes come into view. One major theme that played a big role in the character’s lives is racial prejudice. Racism is an unending problem throughout the book. The song “Message from a Black Man” by The Temptations has many similarities to the theme of racial discrimination. Therefore, both the novel and the song prove that racism was a great obstacle for some people at a point.
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird portrayed an era of extreme prejudice and ignorance. Throughout the novel, these specific characteristics were noticed in the behavior of Maycomb’s residents, especially during the trial of Tom Robinson – a highly publicized court case involving a black man convicted of raping a white girl from a despicable family. Although it became obvious throughout the trial that Robinson was innocent, and the girl’s father was the real culprit, Tom Robinson was convicted mainly due to social prejudice toward his race. The unjust result of this trial deeply disturbed the main characters of the novel: Scout and Jem, the children of the defense attorney of the trial, Atticus Finch. Since the story took place in the 1930s, racism was still widely accepted in society, and most of the residents in Maycomb openly professed their derogatory views on people of a different race or social standard. Growing up in a family that believed in egalitarianism, Scout and Jem faced backlash from the community since their father was fighting for a black man in the Tom Robinson trial. Amid these two highly conflicting environments, Scout and Jem had many unanswered questions and no support in the community during these tough times. Additionally, the Maycomb community was plagued with injustice due to discrimination and racism. However, there was one character in the novel who remained open-minded and unprejudiced even in the face of tradition and communal ignorance. A close neighbor of the Finch’s, who shared the same moral views as Atticus, Miss Maudie served as a mother figure to young Scout and Jem, who were going through a tough time in the community. Although Miss Maudie may not have had enough power to change the prejudice...
Racism. racism is the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race, based on the belief that one's own race is superior. This belief has been around for many years, ever since the beginning of humanity. Many experts say that racism started in the colonial era and is know starting to diminish. Nonetheless there are still people who believe in the supremacy of their race and think someone's ethnicity makes up their personality. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the people of Maycomb treat African Americans like they're second class citizens. In this Novel, Lee expresses one’s appearance doesn't change people of other ethnicities character and opinions. In which Lee means your appearance can’t change
How would you like it if someone walked up to you and berated you based on the color of your skin? A characteristic like that isn’t even something you can control, so an insult of that nature can leave one furious and oppressed. Discrimination is inevitable in any culture, throughout history, in modern times, and even in ancient times. For example, the oppression and murder of 6 million Jewish people during the Holocaust, the African Slave Trade which occurred for multiple centuries, and more recently, the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya people in Myanmar, brought on by the government of the Asian nation, all of which are tragedies doomed to happen when history repeats itself and people do not learn
In the town of Maycomb, there is a big case about a black man who is accused of rape. Scout's father Atticus is the black man's lawyer. While talking to scout about his case, Atticus says, "'Simply because we were licked a hundred years ago before it started is no reason for us to try to win'"(Lee 87). Even Atticus a fair and right man admits there's racism in the town of Maycomb and that he will not win the case because of it. The town of Maycomb has some good people, but many people have racist and unfair
Racism, sexism, discrimination, and prejudice of many kinds are still a major dilemma even in modern culture and society. For example, salary differences between men, women, and people of all ethnic backgrounds vary drastically. Racism is also present, as well as frequent hate crimes we often hear about in the news. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, prejudice is ever present in Maycomb. Lee tells the story of a young girl, Scout, and how she sees the world through a child’s perspective. Scout witnesses prejudice in the trial of an innocent black man, the rumors spread about a man who hasn’t been seen in many years, and the harsh words spoken about racially mixed children. Scout, her brother, and their friends, however, cannot understand
‘“Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand”’(90). In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, even the most respectful white man will go crazy when any black man does anything wrong or different. In the town of Maycomb, there are many characters that show racism and segregation in the South. The story is told through Scout Finch whose dad, Atticus Finch, is defending Tom Robinson who is under charges for rape. He is being charged by a man named Bob Ewell, whose is ignorant and representing his daughter, Mayella Ewell, the accuser. Harper Lee uses characterization and conflict to demonstrate that racism is a result of ignorance.
Prejudice is one of the major themes of Harper Lee’s award winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Aside from winning many honors, the book displays many themes that today’s society can still relate to, like civil rights. Today, civil rights are being denied all over the world; people are discriminated based on their background. Many people make efforts against these denials of civil rights, but how are they denied today?
Throughout the novel written by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird presents many examples of racism. In maycomb county, the majority of the citizens believe that the white race is superior against the black race. This can be seen when Atticus said, “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she
The definition of Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Harper Lee uses the idea of racism as a huge part of theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout this book Lee hints and creates symbols for this theme. Jem, Scout and everyone living in the fictional town of Maycomb during this story are affected by racism, which is the most important theme in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Have you ever wondered what discrimination could do to you? Have you ever seen the affects of racism in your society? Well Jem and Scout know what it can do in the book To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee. Scout and Jem are the children of Atticus Finch in Maycomb County. Their father Atticus is a lawyer and teaches them not to be racist or discriminatory towards others, but soon they realize the place they live in is full of racism, and everyone else if very racist. They have these realizations through multiple events that cause them to lose their innocent view of the world. Harper Lee depicts the theme of growth and maturity through two of the characters, Scout and Jem, as their views of society change through their exposure to discrimination.
Racial prejudice is widespread in the county of Maycomb, and a prime example is the Tom Robinson case. Tom, a black man, was accused of raping Mayella, a white woman. Atticus puts forward all evidence from his witnesses that clearly proves Tom was innocent, Jem even says, ?and we?re gonna win Scout. I don?t see how we can?t? (pg 206), but Tom still received a ?Guilty? verdict. Atticus tried removing the prejudiced thoughts of the jurors by saying, ??the assumption - the evil assumption - that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings??. (pg 208). Atticus? saying insinuated the point that all of God?s children were created equal. To the jury, the only important thing was that Tom was black and the accuser was white, he never stood a chance under those conditions. These racial tensions between blacks and whites had made their way into the courtroom, a place where everyone should receive a fair trial no matter what race or colour, but an unjust verdict was reached. The prejudice that was felt towards Tom made him lose all hope of freedom, and as a result, he died upon an escape attempt. Tom was victim of racial prejudice and loss of hope.