Many people in the South believed that African Americans were not as good as white people. They believed that African Americans lied and were not to be trusted. Atticus states in To Kill a Mockingbird, “you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption--the evil assumption--that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women.” (Lee, 208) People thinking negative about African Americans like that could have easily affected the way Lee thought of African Americans. The lynchings that happened in the South are another
However, with his own child beginning to appear black he goes back to abusing them. This is a bit unsettling because if he truly believes his own child to be part black you would think he would have some compassion towards his slaves, but instead it makes him even angrier at them. Armand is ashamed of blackness, this is seen by him when he rejects his own child and Désirée out of the shame he feels. The only things that causes this shift is Armand’s racism towards African-Americans. He views them as inferior property, not as living breathing humans with emotions too.
The two kids in the novel, Scout and Jem, even questioned why everyone hated the blacks. During the trial Atticus mentions some things about assumptions made about black people out of acts of hatred. “...the assumption that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber.” (Lee 204) Atticus is pretty much saying you shouldn’t assume certain
What significance does the word “truth” hold in the minds of Aibileen and Minny? (pgs.128-129) The concept of truth is a recurring theme throughout the book. In a society where everyone is thinking the same things but no one is brave enough to say anything, the idea of finally speaking out about the blatantly racist injustices all black people in the south are forced to suffer seems simultaneously both terrifying and appealing. They both know that actively defying the status quo would be incredibly dangerous for both of them, but they are also incredibly fed up, and the idea of finally being able to speak their minds is inexplicably
The figurative language in the novel, The Secret Life Of Bees, defines the father, T. Ray, as controlling, because of his actions and emotions towards Lily. T. Ray is Lily’s father who punishes his child by making her kneel on Martha Whites, which are coarsely ground up corn flakes that feel like powdered glass, and dig into Lily’s knees as she kneels on them. After the hour that Lily kneels there, as Rosaleen takes a look at her knees and on page twenty six he marches in “despising” and “full of anger.” Lily thought that he could have still loved her after her mother’s death, but now he treats her as though he can control her into his will and doesn’t treat her as a father should. The words that are used to describe his emotions show just
The whites are still abusing their superior power against the blacks. They are telling them they are not free and are beating them with sticks and other painful methods. This shows that they are not free and still seen as the ones with less power. Black people are not free, because they are still being treated unfairly by the
She convinces them to leave, and when nursing Rufus back to consciousness, learns that Rufus was beaten because he tried to rape Alice after she refused to marry him. Shocked, Dana protests that Alice had the right to say no to Rufus, but Rufus angrily proclaims, “we’ll see about her rights” (Butler 123). By disregarding Alice’s right
George did make the right decision for killing Lennie because he is always ruining their chance to fulfill their American dream, causing trouble, and being harmful to the society. Throughout the story, Lennie is not beneficial in attaining their American dream. Curley’s wife was accused of ruining their American dream; she is known to be troublesome by being flirtatious around the men. She told Lennie to touch her hair, which started the chaos. It is Lennie’s fault because George specifically told him to stay away from that rat trap.
Curley’s Wife’s threat displays even further the prejudice they react with. Instead of coming together, they tear each other apart trying to fit in with the social norms. Sometimes the animosity that is shined onto others reflects onto other people’s pain. John Steinbeck shows this in his book Of MIce and Men with his characters Curley’s Wife and Crooks. They both have mistreatment and intolerance, so they took that mistreatment and intolerance and abused other people.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that expresses racism and hatred that affects people. In the book there are characters that act almost as if they are the best and they are racist because of that. Atticus teaches Scout and Jem to treat everybody the same. Bob Ewell isn't like Atticus, Scout or Jem. He wants to put Tom Robinson in jail for something he didn't even do because he is racist.
Paragraph 1: The children sucked out all the liveliness in Margot. ”He gave her a shove, but she didn’t move, rather she let herself be moved only by him and nothing else.”(pg.2) The classmates hurt her so much that when William shoved her, she just let herself be moved. This is only one of the hurtful things that the classmates said and did to Margot. At this point in the story the children are nasty to Margot. Paragraph 2: The children are jealous of Margot.