Racism, Prejudice, And Innocence That Occurs

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Throughout the novel Harper Lee explores the racism, prejudice, and the innocence that occurs throughout the book. She shows these topics through her strong use of symbolism throughout the story. Even though To Kill a Mockingbird was written in 1960’s the powerful symbolism this book contributes to our society is tremendous. This attribute is racism (Smykowski). To Kill a Mockingbird reveals a story about Scout’s childhood growing up with her father and brother, in an accustomed southern town that believed heavily in ethnological morals (Shackelford). Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson in a court trial. Tom was a black man that was being incriminated for allegedly raping Mayella Ewell (Lee 86). Her father, Bob Ewell, accused Tom for the crime by the reason of that Tom ran away from the Ewell household on the day that Mayella was allegedly raped. Once it came down to the trial, Atticus found intelligence and evidence that proved that Tom Robinson was innocent and that Bob beat his daughter because she was trying to kiss Tom Robinson (Lee 221). Throughout the court room scene Atticus makes a considerable argument about judging a person solely on their race. Atticus states: Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson 's skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire. (Lee 232) Atticus... ... middle of paper ... ...smates outlook on life is so innocent that they do not care about the social classification system like adults do (Lee 21-22). Scout also as a child loses her innocence as she has to face real world problems only as a child. She sees how selfish and evil adults can truly be. She sat in a court room and watched an innocent man be convicted and punished to death for allegedly raping a teenage girl. She and her brother were attacked by a crazy man that wanted to get back at their father. Children often see the best in everything and everyone, throughout the novel readers see Scout slowly educated herself with her surroundings and the people in it (Best). Symbolism is a key aspect in every novel. Without symbolism there would be no meaning behind a book. To Kill a Mockingbird is the perfect literary example that shows symbolism plays a very important role in a novel.
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