The themes of racism and innocence are explicit in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. There are many examples of discrimination in the story where one’s innocence is lost. Arthur Radley is isolated in his own home because of the spread of false rumors. Racism causes Tom Robinson, a black man to lose his life, even though he is innocent. Those who support blacks are judged, like Atticus, Jem and Scout.
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.
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.
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.
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. Tom Robinson is an apparent victim of discrimination against those who are black. For example, Tom is falsely accuse of rape because he is put in front of a prejudice jury, “The one place where a men ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury boy. ” (295) Atticus explains the unfairness that juries have in a courtroom especially since it is a white man’s word against a black man’s. During trials, juries must always be fair and make their decisions based on the facts given.
Scout realizes that the only reason she must undergo this torment is that her father is defending a black man, which has become taboo because of the corruption that racism has caused in many people. In addition, Scout watches Tom Robinson undergo unfair treatment and false accusations. Please dont tell my parents I stole this essay. Although Atticus provides the jury and the people of Maycomb with overwhelming evidence benefiting Tom, and ultimately proving him innocent, this is not enough to overcome the powers of hate and racism. Scout watches as the jury deliberates and convicts Tom Robinson of murder because he is a black man.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is set in this turbulent period. In this novel, many people are the victims of prejudice and evil. One such person is Tom Robinson, an honest black worker falsely accused of rape. In the court trial, it is revealed that it was impossible for Tom Robinson to have raped the victim, Mayella Ewell. However, due to the racism of the all-white jury, Tom is convicted of the crime despite the clear evidence.
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.
Similar to Dolphus, Atticus faces prejudice due to his involvment with a person of colour, which ultimately makes him an outcast within Maycomb. An example of prejudice concerning Atticus was b when Ms.Dubose says to Scout “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!”(135). Ms. Dubose states that Tom and Atticus are equal, she evidently has a problem with a white man defending a black man, thus why she has prejudice against him. Along with the white society, Ms.Dubose and Atticus have different perspectives on the situation, there is no middle ground where they have similar thoughts, hence why Atticus is known as an outcast in the town. Although Atticus recieves all this backlash from defending Tom, he stays true to himself and does not take interest much like Boo
‘Yes I did’” (Lee 174). Bob uses Tom as a scapegoat for his actions, and it is unjust towards Tom because he is not given a fair trial. This reinforces the injustice Tom Robinson receives from the jury, after both Bob and Mayella lie about what really happened. Tom Robinson is as innocent as a mockingbird. Indeed, Maycomb’s society is racially biased.