People have set his image as a horrifying guy who likes to eat dead animals. Unfortunately, their opinion of him has been influenced all the people that live in maycomb to believe he is a cruel man. A few examples of these beliefs are, “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people’s azaleas froze, it was because he had breathed on them” (10).... ... middle of paper ... ...going after Atticus, Bob Ewell decides to attack Jem and Scout. Fortunately, Arthur Radley interfere and prevents the murder of both children from happening.
Recently in the news the clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for his lifetime because the racist remarks he had made in a voice recording (Chappell). Events like this still occur and still cause problems in today’s society even though there has been a lot done to try to make things equal between races since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written . In the story there are many ... ... middle of paper ... ...ot as common today as it was in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Ostracizing someone in a community because they aren’t normal is common in both in the book and today. Discriminating is not right in any way.
Jem and Scout were treated with disrespect by Maycomb citizens everywhere they went because of their father’s decision to defend Tom. When Jem and Scout were on their way to town one afternoon, Mrs.Dubose, a neighbor, shouted at them, “‘Not only a Finch waiting on tables but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers!’’’(Lee 135). Mrs.Dubose doesn’t agree with Atticus’s decision to defend Tom because she doesn’t believe African-Americans have the same rights as white folks. Jem and Scout are being judged by people that they know because Atticus isn’t defending someone that is white. Mrs.Dubose wasn’t the only adult to speak badly about the Finch family.
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.
Dolphus Raymond has to potray something that he is not, because he has a African American girlfriend and children also. Dolphus Raymond acts as if he has a drinking problem so people will understand why he has a African American girlfriend.Throughout the book Harper Lee shows three cases of stereotyping in the town of Maycomb, from using Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond. The character Boo Radley, is sterotyped as the monster of Maycomb: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (16) Jem describes a popular stereotype opionion of Boo Radley, in which everyone in Maycomb believes.
Tom Robinson knew that he was innocent and so did Atticus but ... ... middle of paper ... ... a very hard job because most of the people in maycomb county and the county's all believe that blacks are bad and they should be punished for their race. This is true because people in the city believe that blacks are bad for the community and they should have to be put in jail if they are accused and they might not be guilty, but they are still thrown in jail because of the outside appearance color of their skin. Telling people in maycomb sometimes shows racial jokes while blacks are selfish people, and they should just be put in jail for being selfish. I would hate to always be picked on because what color of my skin I was, or if people to make racial comments that maybe I am small, or like they don't like my racial background. I still believe that people all over the world should just come together and share what they know about racial discrimination.
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.
This creates my alienation from my world; making me live a life of oppression. You basically become a slave to your world. An example of how the black community is an oppressor to Richard is by the way that they ignore his questions about racial relations between the white men and blacks. This is a perfect example in how the oppressors have managed to oppress the black community, by making themselves be discouraged, and by killing any curiosity to try and overcome the oppression. Richard is discouraged by his own people, because they fear that in a sense, Richard could cause trouble for them if he where to understand what was going on.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Mayella Ewell misleads the constituents of Maycomb about Tom Robinson because she knew the people would not approve of her actions of advancing on a man of different color. This event vividly explains the consequential aftermath of one race having feelings for another in the times of the Great Depression, specifically a white woman having feelings for an african american. She was afraid of what the townspeople would do to her, which was the main reason Mayella lied to the town of Maycomb. Mayella’s emotions gave away that she was lying during the trial. When Mayella was called to the stage, she said to Atticus "I got somethin' to say an' then I ain't gonna say no more.
In addition, even “a negro would not pass the Radley house at night, he would cut across to the sidewalk”. (9) Boo has such a bad reputation, that even negros are scared to walk by his house. Not only did the rumors spread through t...