Hypocrisy In To Kill a Mockingbird Hypocrisy is the "moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess." In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many instances of hypocrisy. Many people, at the time were very prejudiced against African-Americans and as a result there were many hypocrites in the Southern States. Some examples of hypocrisy and hypocrites in the book are Aunt Alexandra, Miss Gates, and Mrs. Merriweather. To begin, Aunt Alexandra is one of the many voices of hypocrisy in the book.
To Kill a Mocking Bird was a genius creation, written by Harper Lee, in this amazing novel she shows how prejudice and bias affected people on the daily basis in the small town of Maycomb in the early 1930s. During that time African Americans were mistreated because of the heavy prejudice against their skin color. The prejudice created by ignorant people in power who did not want toa see the world in someone else’s eyes, if people would just put themselves in African American shoes they would understand their mistakes and fix the problem. When people do not fully understand others they are creating prejudice and bias against them. Some interactions between whites and black were strictly forbidden by the society.
Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly” (Lee 203). Since Mr. Dolphus had married with a black woman, he started to drink whiskey really often, it had a really bad influence to the children and the people around him. Mr.Dolphus was not popular in Maycomb, even though he was from a real family and he owned the land on the side of riverbank, there were still a lot of people discriminated him. The reason why i choose this events is not only because the people in Maycomb treated him in a different way but also showed discriminated didn’t really matter about how wealthiness or how high status you were. All in all, Harper Lee told us a lot of things about classism, she used different ways to show the reader what was classism and how serious classism was in the Maycomb and how common it was in different class of the society.
In the past, and even to this day, racism was one of the biggest problems in our society. Throughout history, there were attempts to alleviate inequality. Among these were the Civil Rights Movement and the publication of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activists, including Martin Luther King, fought for justice in America. In To Kill a Mockingbird, topics like stereotypes and inequality are mentioned in Atticus Finch’s Closing Argument.
This just shows that Bob was trying to get back at Atticus for trying to defend a black man against him and his daughter in court. Mr. Ewell was furious and took his rage out on two children that weren’t as near as strong as he was. So, in the end everyone realizes that Atticus was right to stand up for Tom Robinson. Although Atticus did possess great power at the end of the book, he didn’t have this power in the beginning when basically all the odds were against him. “ ‘You know what we want,’ another man said.
Boo Radley put a blanket over Scout when she was cold and there was a fire going on at Miss Maudie’s place. The other example Tom Robinson can also be proven as a good person. Everyone thought he was guilty of raping Mayella Ewell as she had accused him and there was no way he could be innocent as he was a Negro and people pretty much saw Negroes as scum. However the evidence such as the fact that Mayella was beaten on the left side of her face while Tom’s left arm is mangled so he can’t use it and there’s no way he could've used his arm to beat her. Atticus has a very strong argument that Tom Robinson was innocent and that he was actually a good person on the inside who would never hurt a fly.
Can you imagine yourself in a situation where people treat you like trash because of your skin color. In Harper Lee’s novel, To kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a white lawyer who has two children named Scout and Jem. Atticus has to defend an innocent man named Tom Robinson, who was accused on a crime he didn’t commit and was killed because of his skin color. Atticus is facing many problems such as racism because Tom Robinson is a colored person. The most important thing in To kill a Mockingbird is Injustice, Love and Sacrifice, and Power of words.
Tom Robinson was a good man who was target for a crime he was completely innocent of, raping a white women. Despite the woman, Mayella Ewell, having had made the advances on Tom he had such a little chance of not being convicted because of his race. After he was convicted he was later shot later in the novel whilst trying to escape. Even within the novel, Lee calls Tom similar to a Mockingbird through Mr. Underwood’s editorial “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (Lee 244). Boo Radley is also considered a mockingbird in the novel because he as well was subject to cruelty and injustice despite having done nothing wrong.
But all he faces is injustice and accusations. Taylor states that the poem shows the true audacity of Reed’s death. It is true example of the unjust violence many Black families faced and had to endure to receive the rights they should never had been denied. Rudolph Reed only tries to defend his right of housing only to be punished with the terrible violence of racist whites that resulted in his unfair death. The terrible violence shone to Reed often fuels the fire of the need to defend one’s rights and thus causes many to stand up and fight.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a clear but complicated social hierarchy; the Finches are on the top basically because they are learned and they tend to believe they are better than everybody else. Following below the Finches we have the Townsend citizens followed by the county farmers and finally trailing from behind the black community who despite having all it takes to be on the top have been marginalized at the end due to their skin color. This hierarchy enables Bob Ewell to come up with a case against Tom, who despite being innocent gets punished. This social hierarchy and rot builds up to a deadly and poisonous adult life that Scout and other children will be forces to live and live up to. Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from.
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.