He did not know until then that there were white women who would take a man with a black skin. He stayed sick for two years (...) He was in the north now, in Chicago and then Detroit” (Faulkner 225). Joe had to run to escape the racism of the South, mainly because of the judgment coming from society that disagrees with the relationship of Joe and Miss Burden. An apparent, black man involved in a sexual relationship with a white woman is frowned upon within the South, which causes Joe to flee. This tires Joe, forces him to depression, and adds insult to injury in his harsh situation; mostly caused by the racial prejudices found within the South.
By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much. Richard was willing to leave school without a diploma instead of this. White people alienated Richard from his environment because he did not accept the way of life that other black people did. Richard’s relatives never understood Richard and because of this he was alienated from his family and his own people. Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it.
Because Atticus’s support for Tom Robinson, Atticus is always castigated, not only Atticus is judged, Jem and Scout are also reprimanded. Arthur Radley, a righteous, great human being who is also judged because of the false rumors that have spread like a disease, around the town of Maycomb. The rumors lead to a ghastly consequence of Arthur being quarantined in his home. Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Arthur Radley are those who are judged even when they are innocent, innocent mockingbirds. Miss.
The one where a typical black man without reason or motivation assaulted a white woman, or the uncomfortable version that questions their racial stereotypes- one where an innocent black man pities a white woman? As even Scout understands, “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts o... ... middle of paper ... ...childhood idealism and enters a state of disillusionment. He is forced to confront evil and incorporate it into a more adult understanding of the world. Boo lives as a recluse, avoiding the harsh judgmental community he was once apart of. Dolphus Raymond similarly avoids contact, and turns into a bitter man with little faith in the world.
Cassie, the narrator doesn't like him much and finds him quite irritating. We learn a lot about his character in the first chapter, TJ went to the Wallace store and blamed his brother Claude and Claude got whipped because of TJ. From this incident, TJ is shown to be a coward, Claude didn't defend himself as 'he was more afraid of TJ than of his mother'. Also he is shown to be quite evil when he laughs at Little Man when he gets his Sunday clothes dirty. Although TJ is mean and thoughtless, he also gives information about racial incidents.
They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t…I feel like I’m on the outside the world peeping in through a knot-hole in the fence…” (20). Bigger’s sense of constriction and of confinement is very palpable to the reader. Wright also uses a more articulate voice to accurately describe the oppressive conditions of a Negro person. An anonymous black cellmate, a university student cries out, ”You make us live in such crowded conditions…that one out of every ten of us is insane…you dump all stale foods into the Black Belt and sell them for more than you can get anywhere else…You tax us, but you wont build hospitals…the schools are so crowded that they breed perverts…you hire us last and fire us first…” (318).
He feels afraid and uncomfortable being treated like an equal and being allowed to sit near them. This separatism also made his oppressors blindly ignorant of the realities of social oppression. Separatism affects both sides of the color line. The characters consider each other as separate entities, never interacting on an equal basis. Social ignorance allows the scapegoating of Bigger, to vent the anger and rage built up from by many years of tension between the races.
The entire town turns against them saying that Atticus is a “nigger-lover.” Even Atticus’ family turned against them, which really hurts Scout, especially when her cousin Francis says “I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family-” (Harper 91). Racism is a major theme in this story along with growing up. Throughout the story the reader sees how Scout and Jem are afraid of Boo Radley because they think he is a monster and try to tease him. Later in the novel they are no longer afraid of him and no longer interested in teasing him. Another example of their maturity is how they view people.
As Peter and Ida were eating dinner she states, “… nothing’s going to change, baby, people are too empty-headed, too empty-hearted—it’s always been like that, people always try to destroy what they don’t understand—and they hate almost everything because they understand so little—” (Baldwin 97). As a result of Ida stating those words, he responds by screaming at Ida to stop. The reason why he screamed was because he felt anger from what Ida said, but it made him realize that the surrounding society is causing him to not appreciate his heritage and to make himself feel worthless. This realization causes Peter to accept his skin color and to also try to fit in with his own kind. The message Baldwin is sending is that blacks should know that no matter how much the blacks get oppressed, the whites will never understand what they are going
Boo is thought to be a monster by the people of Maycomb but ends up being a very caring shy young man not a monster. Throughout the novel Atticus Finch is discriminated by the townspeople of Maycomb for doing what is right and standing up for Tom Robinson who is innocent. Tom Robinson experiences so much racism that by the time he steps in to the courtroom he is a dead man. This classic piece of literature is an epic novel that exemplifies and pints out the horrible effects of prejudice and injustice on people and how these two key matters lead to injustice and in some cases destruction.