“Until my father explained it to me later, I did not understand the subtlety of Tom’s predicament: he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run—a sure sign of guilt.” (Lee 198). She does not understand why Tom runs instead of fighting because she is too innocent to know that a black man fighting a white person is taboo in Maycomb. She feels that Tom ran because he was guilty not because he was trying to be nice and abide by the unwritten rules placed by society. Atticus’ explanations finally clear the doubt up and help Scout mature ethically. Her ethical growth is evident when she notices she starts to notice other people 's prejudices.
Throughout the whole novel you will find themes of prejudice and guilt-innocence involving Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is guilty of living in a prejudice society and even though he tries to escape from prison the novel states that prejudice will overcome with hope. In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee reveals the destructive nature of racism and discrimination. The Ewell’s are such a racist family because they falsely accused Tom Robinson of raping Mayella Ewell. We are first introduced to the Ewell’s on Scout’s first day of school when Burris Ewell shocked his teacher Miss.
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. In analysis of Light in August... ... middle of paper ... ...ter being isolated, Joe Christmas breaks down and eventually falls. In final analysis, Joe Christmas becomes influenced and affected by racism found in the South during the time period Faulkner wrote the novel. Due to the fact that Joe contains mixed blood from both blacks and whites, both communities, who are misconceived to the real background of him, shun and disapprove of Joe. The isolation and segregation from society leads to his tragic fall because he is unable to define himself due to his unquestionable past.
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.
However, one mocking bird is killed and the other is forced to kill. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley share many similarities and a few minor differences. A comparability between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, which is also the main reason for their lives dealing with utmost privation is, they are harshly judged by society. Tom Robinson is harshly judged by society for his skin colour. For example, Cecil Jacobs says to Scout, “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hang from the water-tank!” (Lee, pg 102).
Many of our society’s issues are rooted in ignorance. Those that are not open to the uniqueness of others fear people who are different from them or disagree with their opinions, as “Fear always springs from ignorance”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a story about a town that is extremely prejudiced. Most people of the town believe that black people are not to be trusted, or are bad people, often because racism is taught in their town. The people's fear of others destroys some of the true “mockingbirds” in the story, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.
This unprovoked act of kindness from Boo is a brilliant way for Lee to bring a little more compassion to the story. While Mr. Arthur could have been irritable and annoyed that the children kept bothering him to leave the house, he instead reaches out in his own timid way, looking after Scout. Throughout the story, Boo also leaves little trinkets and artifacts in the tree near the Radley house for the kids to keep and enjoy. The children had done nothing for him, yet he still reached out and gave what he had out of no obligation whatsoever. Again, this is another display of what compassion is about- Arthur kept giving without ever expecting anything in return.
In the novel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck looks at the theme of loneliness as it affects many characters on the ranch. Crooks, Curley's wife, and Candy are the most excluded characters on the ranch, because they all have dreams that they will not be able to live out and they all are at loss when it came to companionship. Crooks is lonely because he is the only black man on the ranch. Since this book is set during the Depression, Jim Crow laws are still in effect, whites and blacks had separate facilities for socializing and living. Crooks comments that he can't live in the bunkhouse, and cant even play cards in there.
In addition to Atticus’s viewpoint, he believes that people should not judge a ... ... middle of paper ... ...t warmth, Atticus tells her, “Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him [Boo Radley] for covering her up…[and putting] the blanket around you” (72). Even though Arthur didn’t reveal his appearance to the kids, he discloses to Scout and Jem that he wants to help them. By helping the kids, whether it was to give gifts or help them escape from Mr. Bob Ewell, it is evident that Boo Radley is just as innocent and peaceful as a mockingbird. The title, To Kill a Mockingbird, offers insights towards not judging a book by its cover. Tom Robinson, a Negro who didn’t have much say in this case, was falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
He thought his children not to fight physically because he believes it is not a resolution to the problem. Atticus himself always tries to solve problems logically. When Bob Ewell has spat on his face, he did not, for one-second think of raising his hand on the poorest men in living in Maycomb. He had the right to defend h...