Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Racism is still an issue that can be seen in the twenty-first century. Although, tons of progress has been made over the last century, some still hold on to racist beliefs. The majority of classic American literature demonstrates the racism that was present in the early twentieth century. By looking at the theme of race in the American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is clear that people are quick to judge others based on their own opinions and feelings. The novel To Kill a Mocking Bird is about a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, also referred to as Scout, growing up in the little town of Maycomb in Alabama during the time of the great depression. Scout’s father is a lawyer, so although it is the great depression their family is pretty well off. The book starts out with Scout, her brother Jem, and a boy named Dill who is spending the summer with his aunt. The three become good friends and enamored with their neighbor Boo-Radley, who is a man known for never stepping a foot outside his house. Town rumor says that Boo-Radley’s dad punished him for a brush up with the law when he was a teenager, by making him stay inside the house. As time passes Scout and Jem start to notice odd things happening near the Radley’s. Such as gifts being left in a hollowed out hole in the Radley’s oak tree. Although all the events that take place make the reader believe that Boo-Radley is a kind man, both Scout and Jem still find the thought of him terrifying. More time goes by and the children start getting called names, because their father agreed to ... ... middle of paper ... ...cording to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment,” New American Standard Bible, John 7:24. If we are not judging someone righteously, then we should not be judging. To judge someone righteously simply means that we judge them against the word of God, not against our own opinions or feelings. If we do not Judge righteously, then judging is not justified. By looking at the theme of race in To Kill a Mockingbird, it is clear that people judge others based on their own opinion and feelings. Racism is a kind of judgment which is a judgment that people make based off their own feelings, for it is not a righteous judgment. God made all man in his image, colored or not all men are sons of God. Judging a colored person because of his appearance is not judging righteously, thus is not justified. If we judge the way God wants us too, then there is no harm in judging.
Often in life people prejudge others, but their view changes as they get to know the person. In to kill a mockingbird by Harper lee Jem and Scout prejudge Boo Radley and their father Atticus. Jem and Scout believe their father has absolutely no skill. Throughout the book the kids get to see more of his skills. Boo Radley is considered a monster in Maycomb and Scout and Jem use the town’s judgment as their own. After learning more about Boo and getting to know him they realize he is opposite of what they thought. Because Jem and Scout are influenced by other people’s opinions they are able to learn from their mistakes and develop a new perspective on people.
The prejudices present in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, display the views of the Old South. Defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a prejudice is an adverse opinion formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge. A significant prejudice present is sexism against women. The segregation of social classes is also exhibited in the novel. Most importantly, racism plays a dominant role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although very common in the South, the prejudices displayed are morally wrong.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a courageous tale of leadership and gallantry. This book voices the story of a young girl, Scout, and the town of Maycomb. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird there are numerous quotes to which you should bring to your attention. By far, the most important quote describes what Boo Radley experienced all those years he was locked away in his house, “A boy trotted down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole beside him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange drama of their own invention.…. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day’s woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, and apprehensive. Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house…. Summer, and he watched his children’s heart break. Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough” (Lee 236-237). All those years he has watched as Scout and Jem grew up. All those years he imagined they were his own. Characterization is significant for the reason that Scout realized Boo Radley isn’t the irrational murderer, he is portrayed to be; he is pleasant and generally cares for the children.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a world where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” (“Quotes About”). Dr. King fought against prejudice for a number of years and was victorious in bringing awareness to the issue. However, there are many forms of prejudice and racism is only one of those forms. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, brings an abundance of social injustices to light, such as racism, gender rights, and lacking respect to others based on their family history and background. Lee uses her book to illustrate that prejudice and racism are constantly harming society and have done so for a seemingly endless amount
Today, racism is a problematic situation that can break nation apart. Discrimination on one’s personal characteristics can sway a community's opinion greatly. Harper Lee was indulged in numerous racist encounters in her life, many of which transpire into her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel, one is seen as an animal when enduring the venom of racism. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, racism leads to the dehumanization of both the victims and the infectors.
Throughout human history, prejudice has caused more violence than almost anything else. Prejudice and discrimination still happens till this day. Sometimes children can also be taken of their innocence with the horrors of prejudice which is true in the case of Jem and Scout. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39). People often fail to examine a situation from someone else view because their opinions are biased. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows readers just how damaging prejudice really is when it is caused by rumors, race, and another man’s beliefs.
“Many people today have encountered racism in some way or form. Maybe someone of a different race was treated unfairly just because they're a different color. Or someone could have been given special privileges because of their race. Dictionary.com defines racism as,” “A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.” Although racism doesn't appear to have the same effect today, as it would have in the past, it is still a big factor in our world today. This is evident with the scandal with Donald Sterlings remarks about African Americans. To Kill a Mockingbird’s main theme is racism and it was written at a time where racism and prejudice was still a norm in the south. Harper Lee grew up in Alabama so she knew first hand how people felt about African Americans. This book was written in the hopes that people would cease to see the differences in people and come together to see the similarities.
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, takes place in the 1930s in a small Alabama county called Maycomb. The novel is about the Finch family of three. Atticus, the father, Scout the older brother and Scout the younger sister, who acts like a tomboy. Scout may be a lady, but does not like to act like one, she likes to play and get dirty with her brother. Being young, both children learn lessons throughout the novel by many different residents, such as, Calpurnia, the maid, Miss Maudie, the neighbor, and their father, Atticus. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird various citizens in the town of Maycomb play an important role in the lives of Jem and Scout Finch
Scout Finch and her brother Jem live with their widowed father Atticus in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. The book takes place in a society withstanding effects of the Great Depression. The two main characters, Scout and Jem, approach life with a childlike view engulfed in innocence. They befriend a young boy named Dill, and they all become intrigued with the spooky house they refer to as “The Radley Place”. The owner, Nathan Radley (referred to as Boo), has lived there for years without ever venturing outside its walls. The children laugh and imagine the reclusive life of Boo Radley, yet their father quickly puts a halt to their shenanigans, as they should not judge the man before they truly know him. Atticus unforgettably tells the children, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Even though extraordinary changes have been made in the past to achieve racial equality, America is still racist, especially in schools. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is criticized for defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. During the 1930s, the time this novel took place, America was a very segregated country. At the time when Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird," America was fighting a civil rights movement. The events of racism in “To Kill a Mockingbird” reflect the time period.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the story is told by a young girl called Jean-Louise Finch but also known as Scout aged five at the start of the book almost turning six who in the book is quite unique as she could read at the age of six and understand her fathers profession as a lawyer. The story is about Scout growing up in the southern state of Alabama in a small town called Maycomb with her brother Jem and her father called Atticus who is the lawyer. The main theme of the book is about Atticus defending a black man called Tom Robinson and he is accused of raping a white girl called Mayella Ewell and how it affects her, in the book she learns about racism and prejudice and the struggle of black men in life and she also learns about the ways of life and family traditions. The book is set in the late 1930’s so racial discrimination is at its peak in the southern states of America.
Racism is a belief or doctrine usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has a right to rule others. In today’s society, there is still an issue of racial discrimination that occurs when people treat others differently because of their skin color or ethnicity. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, racism in the southern states of America is very prominent as the townspeople struggle to overcome the effects of the Great Depression. Through the trial of Tom Robinson and a solid description of how the people in Maycomb view African-Americans, the audience can infer that there is a fine line separating the white people from the colored people in the mid 1930s.
... injustices impose, obstacles in future regarding race would be eventually solved and compromised. In To Kill a Mockingbird concepts of racism and prejudice are implied everywhere in all aspects of society in Maycomb County, Alabama. This novel shows that individuals need to be aware that racism and prejudice occur whether in ones mind or judgment, or else injustice will trump moral conscience. Racism and prejudice may be small at first such as verbal abuse and stereotypical claims, however can escalate into horrifying extremes such as lynching’s and possibly reverse discrimination.
Racism is still a very controversial topic in today’s society but still not as bad as seen in the time period of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Tom Robinson is in trial because a white man’s word over a black man’s word (Lee). Bob Ewell has told the Sheriff of the town that Tom Robinson raped his daughter which is a lie (Lee). The real story is his daughter Mayella asked Tom to get something for her where she could not reach and when he did she came on to him (Lee). When this happened Bob Ewell looked through the window, then Tom Robinson ran which makes him look guilty (Lee). Tom Robinson is eventually convicted of rape because the jury of this time is corrupted because most everyone at this time was racist (Lee). Recently in the news the clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for his lifetime because the racist remarks he had made in a voice recording (Chappell). Events like this still occur and still cause problems in today’s society even though there has been a lot done to try to make things equal between races since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written .