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.
This makes Atticus a mockingbird, because he did nothing wrong. All he did was fight for his rights and the rights for Tom Robinson. Atticus was also accustomed to unfair treatment from his family. A family member states, “I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger lover besides, b... ... middle of paper ... ...l intercourse with your daughter? ‘Yes I did’” (Lee 174).
The benign force of racism has disrupted their lives, especially Scouts, through the old fashioned and discriminative opinions of the younger residents of Maycomb. My attitude to racism has developed in the course of the narrative. Mr Dolphus Raymond continues to elaborate on my feelings while he talks to Scout and Dill during the court case. He is a sinful man according to the community as he is has fathered mixed children. To contemplate this felony he pretended to be a drunk: "Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that is the way I want to live.
These characters are representative of the author’s reoccurring symbol of the mockingbird, which signifies innocence, and subjects them to vulnerability. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, although innocent, fall victim to the hatred of society and thus emerge as mockingbirds. Tom Robinson, is black man, who is wrongfully accused of raping a white woman; while Boo Radley is believed to be a criminal because of the rumors the townspeople say about him. Because these men do not fall into the norm, their lives are greatly affected by the thoughts and opinions of the townspeople. The mockingbird is a powerful symbol that is repeatedly seen throughout the novel.
Harper Lee's ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ explores the prejudicial issues which plague over the town Maycomb. Harper Lee uses the trial of Tom Robinson a black man accused of rape on a young white girl, Mayella as a central theme to portray the prominence of racial discrimination in Maycomb. The racial prejudice is also widely shown through the characterisation of Atticus. Having Scout as the narrator allows Harper Lee to highlight the gender inequity through a youthful unbiased perspective. The chauvinistic attitudes and prejudiced views of most of the town’s folk leaves Maycombs social hierarchy in an unfair order, victimising many of the town’s people due to their socially non-conforming habits some ‘socially unaccepted people’ including Boo Radely and the Cunninghams.
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.
“It was Jem’s turn to cry.” He was upset with the verdict and thought it was unfair to send Tom to jail knowing that he is now in there for life. In jail, Tom tries to break free, heading over the fence and is shot seventeen times. Jem, along with the black community of the town, had a difficult time accepting and acknowledging that Tom had died after he was shoot. They all wept and mourned in the loss of Tom. Tom is innocent, but he is convicted of raping a white woman due the prejudice of p... ... middle of paper ... ...the positive outcomes.
There are many different destructive forces in the world that can ruin society and destroy one’s morals. Selfishness, arrogance, resentment, but out of all that, racism and prejudice against others is the worst. Discrimination is best apparent in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird when Lee shows the horrible prejudice that Tom Robinson, a falsely convicted black man, and Boo Radley, a neighbor who never leaves the house. Both characters received different type of discrimination, but in the end, both of their lives are damaged due to the prejudice. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, discrimination against Tom and Boo demonstrates the theme that due to its close-mindedness, society can destroy individuals and ultimately itself.
THE GREY AREA “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (90). Although the title of the novel has little literal connection to the actual storyline, it holds a huge amount of symbolic weight in this tale of innocents wounded by the evil surrounding them. The ‘mockingbird’ represents various characters in the novel that are harmed one way or another, particularly by the judgmental, prejudiced ways of the Maycomb townsfolk.
Atticus Finch is the father of Scout and Jem, who is also a reputable lawyer in the town of Maycomb. Atticus is strongly suggested as a mockingbird by Harper Lee, because when Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson, he could not refuse due to the sake of his reputation and children. Unknowingly, the citizens of Maycomb started to get very angry with him for defending a black man. Children from Jem and Scout’s school also began criticizing Atticus. Their cruel statements not only describe to us that Atticus indeed is a “Mockingbird” but also displays to us that many citizens in Maycomb have los... ... middle of paper ... .... Boo Radley is the most Influential and important Mockingbird in this story.