‘’I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character’’ - Martin Luther King. Racism is the, ‘’Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior’’. In this time of depression, taken place in a small town in Alabama, this one story shows the power of racism and discrimination towards black people in their own community. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many black people are looked down upon and not equal to the white people. People of this town show their racism to blacks through the trial of Tom Robinson, the injustice of black people in court, and through many other events of this one story.
Miss Bates always has good intentions and is always a happy, joyful woman. Her good will towards others makes her such a popular woman even though she has no husband and no physical beauty. Miss Bates had a splendid “simplicity” about her, and everyone in the town of Highbury enjoyed her “grateful” spirit. Miss Bates appreciates the small things in life, and never receives any satisfaction from fancy, frilly things. She likes to keep life simple and she is appreciative of every simple gesture bestowed upon her.
In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many examples of racism. During this time in history racism was acceptable. Racism is a key theme in her book. Not only those who were black, but also those who affiliated with blacks, were considered inferior. Atticus, a lawyer, who defended blacks in court, was mocked.
Prejudice, the act of judging someone based on outward appearance or social standing. In the 1960’s Harper Lee wrote a book called To Kill a Mockingbird, about prejudice and how hard the times were. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many examples of prejudice showing how morally wrong it was. There are several examples of prejudice in the book: Tom Robinson because he is African American, Boo Radley because of his standing in their society, and the Cunningham Family because of how poor they were. The following paragraphs will discuss these examples.
Tom Robinson is the main point of this type of discrimination as he’s a black man who’s been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. Atticus explains to Jem how the jury is unfair
Rosa Parks Rosa Parks is famous for a lot of things. But, she is best known for her civil rights action. This happen in December 1,1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus system. She refused to give up her sit to a white passenger on the bus. She was arrested for violating a law that whites and blacks sit in separate sit in separate rows.
. we are here, we are here because we are tired now.”1 On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks, a seamstress who lived in Montgomery, Al, refused to give her seat up to a white man who had nowhere to sit on the bus. Because she would not move to the back of the bus, she was arrested for violating the Alabama bus segregation laws. Rosa was thrown in jail and fined fourteen dollars. Enraged by Mrs.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.” This quote means that the harshest of the laws can bring the biggest injustice to citizens. In To Kill A Mockingbird society looks down on African Americans and defending African Americans is just like someone killing someone in this type of society. The problem is how African Americans got treated so differently and poorly in the all-white court system and in everyday life. Also, how people defending an African American got treated much differently than whites. (COUNTERCLAIM HERE) Harper Lee illustrates the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird by developing tolerant characters.
The theme of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird broadens to a further extent than just the situation of racial discrepancy between the blacks and the whites. Although, the racial discrimination mainly towards the blacks is the most prominent occurrence of injustice at Harper Lee’s time- the early Twentieth century, the whole novel includes several, other forms of prejudice that portray the unfavourable effects that was endured by innocent people. These blameless individuals were referred to mockingbirds, since it was a sin to kill one as said by Atticus, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” So, therefore mockingbirds are a representation of the main events that occurred during Harper Lee’s life such as having African Americans taking away their life due to the colour of their skin. Harper Lee classifies the historical background of the 1930s current events which was exposed deeply, compared to the situations of the time the book was published, in the 1960s. She exemplifies these means of narrow-mindedness by building awareness of the partiality and segregation between the blacks and the whites.
Tom Robinson is at the stand being questioned by Mr. Gilmer. Dill starts to feel sick because of how Mr. Gilmer is treating Tom. The narrator explains, “Well, Dill,after all he is just a negro” (Lee 266).This piece of evidence shows that prejudice is used as an antagonist in the novel by giving an unfair trial to Tom Robinson. The quote states “he is just a negro,” which shows that the trial is unfair just because of the towns racial views on people of color. The jury is all white and the case is black versus white.