Social Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird is a dramatic story about human behavior- cruelty, love, compassion, and hatred. The sweet family of 3 lives in the Southern town of Maycomb County. Atticus, the father, Scout Finch, and Scout’s brother, Jem. The Finch family lives in the time period of the Great Depression. Atticus still has his job as a lawyer and that’s when he realizes one of the greater themes of the story- The Existence of Social Inequality. One of my top five favorite quotes in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, was, “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.” The reason I value this quote is because it is a very important concept for kids in today’s…show more content…
“We all know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe- some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes than others- some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.” This quote is valuable to me because I know not everyone is equal. Everyone is created differently so each person can be unique in his or her own way. In school there are lots of different people that are smarter than you, but if there weren’t smarter people than you, than you wouldn’t push yourself to be a better person. Tom Robinson knew he was a Negro and that it was his word against two white women, but he was not giving up. He wanted the same opportunity the white women were born with and the only way he could get that opportunity was by not giving…show more content…
The theme that is similar is, revenge. In A Time To Kill, Tonya Hailey, a 10-year-old African American girl is raped by two white racist rednecks. Her dad, Carl Lee Hailey soon seeks revenge on the two men, Pete and Billy Ray. Carl kills Pete and Billy Ray with a rifle as the two guys are headed to their courtroom for what they did to Tonya. In To Kill A Mockingbird Tom Robinson, an African American was charged for rape by two white women. Tom Robinson wanted to seek revenge, but not violent revenge. He wanted to get revenge in the courtroom, and to prove that not all African Americans are violent and
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