Anger In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird

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To Kill a Mocking Bird Aristotle holds that anger is “a desire accompanied by pain for an imagined retribution on account of an imagined slighting inflicted by people who have no legitimate reason to slight oneself or one’s own.” (1-3). “Anger is a complex emotion since it embraces pain and pleasure; the pain is produced from injury while the desire of taking revenge is somehow results from the injury. Anger is a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong” (7) . It is also energy it can be positive or negative; if it is used positively, it creates a change in the world but if it is used negatively it can be devastating, the acknowledge that anger has both aspects the negative and the positive one. Aristotle…show more content…
The Law came to protect the whites from the blacks, so the blacks were obligate to use different restrooms away from the white, do not sit on the same chairs with whites , a white female nurses cannot attend to black males patient. Beside this there was a fear of interracial marriage so it was prohibited. The other unrealistic fear that African American males would rape and impregnate white women as a way of rebelling against the law, to reduce the white man pride, and the white man power, to release their wrath by this way. Harper Lee emphasizes this in the novel, the whole idea of raping Mayella Ewell, and the suppressed anger of Tom Robinson and that he could not defend himself, the Blacks were just in the corner supporting him silently, while the white man used his power to oppress the blacks even more. Tom’s Trial was inspired by the Scottsboro Trials of 1931; two white women accused nine black males of raping them. Lee wrote the novel in the Great Depression of 1930s, the novel was much related to the time, many of the events and characters have references in real life. To Kill a mockingbird a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960, the events of the novel rounded around the racial relations in Southern America, the anger of black against…show more content…
Saul Mcleod explained that Freud believed that when we explain our own behavior to ourselves or others we rarely give a true account of our motivation. This is not because we are deliberately lying. Whilst human beings are great deceivers of others, they are even more adept at self-deception. Our rationalizations of our conduct are therefore disguising the real reasons. (2013), by putting this in consideration Mayella Ewells deceived herself, poured her anger on hopeless man, she uses her powers to oppress who is weaker than her, she was angry of society, angry because her father oppresses her. She wants a better life for herself. She found herself a mother for her siblings, she didn’t go to school, and when she liked a black man and seduced him. He is the one that she can control and everything else she is just powerless. She was devastated when he refuses her; she wanted to remove him from her way, instead of telling the truth she accused him of raping her fact that making advance towards Tom Robinson (the black man) gives Mayella power. Her feeling of guilt motivated her, the society want accept that a white women seduced a black man a trying to take advantage of him, she is a victim
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