In “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many examples of racism. During the 1960s when the book was published, racism was acceptable and Black people were constantly dominated and ridiculed by Caucasian people. This novel written by Harper Lee is based on racism against Black people and the refusal of people to treat everyone equally. Not only were Black People mistreated but those who associated with them were also considered lower in status. Since Atticus is a lawyer and defends Black people, he often gets mocked by others. For example, Mrs. Dubose says: “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (pg.102) Mrs. Dubose says this to Jem, the son of the lawyer. Another example is that Scout, the daughter of the lawyer, gets bullied at school for having a father who defends Black people. For example, Scout says: “Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers. I denied it, but told Jem.” (pg.74) As you can see from these examples, people were rude not only to Black people but also to any individual who …show more content…
This means that they had to suffer the consequences of actions they did not do just because they had colored skin. Black people wanted to have jobs so they could support their family back home. Every day they had to live in fear knowing that if they made one mistake they could lose their job, leaving them poor. It is mentioned in the novel that, “Around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black” (pg.162). This quote explains that even if you have a slight bit of Negro blood in your background, it still makes you all Black meaning that if any of your ancestors were Black people, that made you completely Black. The amount of hate against Black people during the 1900s was very heartbreaking and the effects of the racism still
In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, racism is a major theme. Atticus Finch, the narrator’s father, defends a negro, Tom Robinson, in the court of law against a white man, Bob Ewell. Robinson had reportedly raped a young white girl, Mayella Ewell. But according to Robinson he had gone to help Mayella, as he often did, with work around the house. As he starts helping Mayella, she tries to get Tom to kiss her and will not let him out of the house. Bob Ewell sees this and chases Tom out of the house and accuses him of raping his daughter. Atticus goes against almost everyone in Maycomb County’s opinion in defending Tom Robinson. Throughout the course of the novel, racism effects many characters such as Tom and Helen Robinson, Scout and Jem Finch, and Mayella and Bob Ewell. All these characters had there lives
Racism was an important aspect in To Kill A Mockingbird. This novel "appeared at a time when racial tensions were reaching heated proportions in Alabama and the rest of the south"
Today, racism is a problematic situation that can break nation apart. Discrimination on one’s personal characteristics can sway a community's opinion greatly. Harper Lee was indulged in numerous racist encounters in her life, many of which transpire into her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel, one is seen as an animal when enduring the venom of racism. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, racism leads to the dehumanization of both the victims and the infectors.
The novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee has numerous accounts of racism and prejudice throughout the entire piece. The novel is set in the 1930's, a time when racism was very prevalent. Although bigotry and segregation were pointed in majority towards blacks, other accounts towards whites were also heard of, though not as commonly. There are acts that are so discreet that you almost don't catch them, but along with those, there are blatant acts of bigotry that would never occur in our time. Lee addresses many of these feelings in her novel.
Atticus is the father of Jem and Scout he was a lawyer in Maycomb Alabama he was very respectful to blacks and taught his kids the same values. Some kids were not like Jem and Scout and didn’t believe in respecting blacks they were very disrespectful. Atticus once talked about that children might need police because some of them were wild and didn’t know how to act towards blacks but that they could be stopped by evasive action (Atticus Chapter 16). Scout thought there was only one kind of people and that’s people regardless of race (Chapter 23, Scout) from what her dad taught her.
Even though extraordinary changes have been made in the past to achieve racial equality, America is still racist, especially in schools. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is criticized for defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. During the 1930s, the time this novel took place, America was a very segregated country. At the time when Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird," America was fighting a civil rights movement. The events of racism in “To Kill a Mockingbird” reflect the time period.
Prejudice is a major topic in all of the units. The Germans were prejudiced against the Jews, the whites versus the blacks, the whites versus the indians, and the Venetians versus the Jews. In this essay I will discuss the various reasons I think prejudice is a major topic in this book.
Webster dictionary defines prejudice as a feeling of dislike for a group because of sex, race, and religion. It’s when a person doesn’t like another person because of something beyond their control. “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” said Edward B. Hurrow, American Journalist and Broadcaster. People will base their opinions off of other people's opinions. They think they’re forming their own opinions when in reality they’re following other people’s prejudices. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many instances of prejudice such as Black vs. White, judgement of Boo Radley, and criticisms made by Mrs. Dubose.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”-Martin Luther King Jr. This quote shows how racism is like darkness and hate and love and light are the only way to drive racism out. The story takes place at the time of the great depression. Scout lives in a very racist and judgement city in the south. A black male is accused of raping a white woman. Scouts dad Atticus gets appointed to be the defendant's lawyer. Racism is an antagonist in To Kill A Mockingbird because the white people of Maycomb discriminate the blacks and make them feel lesser. The theme racism can be harmful to everyone is shown by many characters throughout the book.
Prejudice has been present in society since the beginning of the United States. For example, the Scottsboro Boys being accused and charged with rape. The Judicial System during that time allowed race, skin color, and religion to affect the trials. Because of their skin color, the boys did not get a fair trial and were sentenced to years in prison, with some spending their whole life in prison. Few of the boys served their full time in prison and were set free, but they had a difficult time finding job due to their background with the law. In the novel, Harper Lee wanted the readers to know that prejudice can cloud the judgement of people, bring out the hatred, and also wants readers to put themselves in other’s position, so they would be less
There are diseases that inhabit all and cannot be cured: Racism and prejudice. These diseases possess all, except for a select few. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee most characters are infected, damaging society irreversibly. To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the perspective of Scout Finch, a girl learning to exist in southern society. During the book, a colored man, Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Scout’s father Atticus acts Tom’s lawyer. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, is the “white trash” of Maycomb who uses racism and prejudice to help convict Tom Robinson for the rape of Mayella Ewell. When the trial unfolds, there are many clear examples of racism and prejudice. Through the false accusation of Mayella
The hatred that the citizens of Maycomb felt towards the black community extended to anyone who became involved with them, especially the Finch family because Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson. Scout and Jem suffered the most from this hatred because their peers were children, who are nearly always less candid than adults. Most of the people who were unhappy with Atticus would just try to keep away from him, which was bad enough. The children however, verbally abused Scout and Jem. Scout responded to this with physical violence, even though it was discouraged by her father. The sad thing is that they were mistreated even by members of their family, like Scout’s cousin Francis.
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird is very common, and it is an important part in the story. Racism is shown by the Caucasians in Maycomb against the African-Americans in many different ways like when the jury convicts Tom Robinson guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. The details of Tom Robinson raping Mayella Ewell are very vague and do not show enough evidence that Mayella Ewell was raped. When the jury of all Caucasian men decide to vote if Tom Robinson is guilty
The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It is set in the 1930s, a time when racism was very prominent. Harper Lee emphasizes the themes of prejudice and tolerance in her novel through the use of her characters and their interactions within the Maycomb community. The narrator of the story, Scout, comes across many people and situations with prejudice and tolerance, as her father defends a black man.