To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in a sexist and racist town, Maycomb County. The most obvious discrimination is racial discrimination during the false rape-accusation trial of a black man, Tom Robinson; however, racial discrimination does not stand alone in the county. Discrimination means unjust or prejudiced treatment based on sex, race, or ethics. Lee conveys that discrimination negatively influences society. Atrocious treatment of biracial people, vile words toward anti-racists, and sexism toward women negatively affect the sleepy 1930’s town.
The Theme of Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ teaches us about the deceit and prejudice amongst the residents of Maycomb County, all of whom have very contrasting and conflicting views. We are told the story through the eyes of little girl, Scout, and the day-to-day prejudices she faces amongst society. Her father, Atticus, is a white man defending a Negro, even though the town frowns upon such a thing. He is trying to bring order to the socially segregating views, both within the court and out. The most common form of prejudice, which is seen many times throughout the novel, is racism.
Furthermore, it is obvious Bob Ewell is abusive to his daughter, Mayella, and that he is the one who violated her, not Tom Robinson (p.178). Since there is such hypocrisy in Maycomb, there are excuses made for whites. The jury probably thinks that if they pronounce Tom innocent the citizens will mock them as they do to Atticus. Harper Lee uses hypocrisy to show how the people of Maycomb are so engulfed in a variety of elements that they unknowingly complete acts of unjustified discrimination. Racism is wrought within the whole story.
Dubose’s claim clarifies why so many townspeople judge Atticus, ca... ... middle of paper ... ...perpetual loss of pureness. Racism is pervasive throughout the town of Maycomb, Alabama, with nearly the entire population practicing the injustice. These racist acts are apparent in To Kill a Mockingbird through the characters of Bob Ewell and Mrs. Dubose, as well as the jury for Tom Robinson’s case. They dehumanize the blacks arrogantly and ignorantly, believing they are superior due to their skin color, Even though it is an immoral act, the society separates by skin color and the population is forced between either agreeing or disagreeing with this prejudice. In conclusion, racism is a major factor intertwined in the novel, and it is executed excessively even though it is known to be wrong; however, it won’t be altered due to fear of being judged or segregated.
She was a very racist woman, which caused a conflict between her and her husband, whose best friend was a black man named Johnny Dobbs. Raney believed that if her mother could be racist that she could be too. This caused conflict with Charles because she believed she could eaves drop on Charles’s phone conservations through the heating vent in the bedroom. Charles and Raney had very different beliefs and that is why they have trouble getting along with each other sometimes. Raney comes from a family who has strong family and religious ties.
The theme that is being conveyed is the danger of prejudice due to how people like the Radley’s are viewed and the thoughts of foot-washing Baptists in Maycomb. This also develops the plotline of the novel and adds tension. The Radley’s faced discrimination from the community and discriminated against those that did not follow the same beliefs as them in Maycomb due to their religious beliefs and customs. Racism and reverse racism in Maycomb were depicted in To Kill A Mockingbird as well. According to To Kill A Mockingbird, “I wants to know why you bringin‘ white chillun to nigger church… You ain’t got no business bringin‘ white chillun here—they got their church, we got our’n.
Sting of Prejudice In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are many characters whose lives and thoughts about one another are distorted by prejudice and stereotyping. Three of the many characters whose lives were affected by prejudice are Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson and Dolfus Raymond. Bob Ewell’s mind is distorted in his view of other races. Tom Robinson is a victim of prejudice and is treated unfairly because of the color of his skin. The third character Dolfus Raymond is not accepted by the community because he is married to a black woman.
Obviously the south was for slavery and they did not like the book because they did not want others to know what was happening to their slaves. If people were to find out they knew people would reject to it immediately and that is exactly what happened. The South disliked the book... ... middle of paper ... ... Tom continued to refuse, so Legree beat Tom until he passed out and Tom ended up dying. George's master treated him horribly too. He treated him so bad that when George invented a machine for cleaning up the hemp, his master got upset about it and took him back to his plantation.
When it comes to white people coming to the black’s church she really starts getting angry. She says how they are not allowed at white peoples church and white people are not allowed at black peoples church. This shows how Maycomb County is racist because there are two races black and white that dislike like each other. This is how Scout realizes Maycomb is racist. Scout realizes that everything in life is not fair.
The reason the town saw her as evil is because of her sexual habits. Sula herself knows that the townspeople "despised her and ... framed their hatred as disgust for the easy way she lay with men"(122), because being faithful in a marriage is one of the town's most important principles. Even worse is the one "unforgivable thing", the accusation that "that Sula slept with white men"(112), offending the town's racial pride. Not only are the residents horrified by her sexual openness, but they are also offended by her directness. To annoy her neighbors, Sula "came to their church suppers without underwear" (114) and even more, "they believed she was laughing at their God" (115).