Prejudice leads to many consequences. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee shows us how the evils of prejudice impact on the lives of innocent people such as Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson. Atticus Finch, the most famous lawyer in Maycomb County, is a highly respected and honoured individual in the community who becomes a victim of prejudice. Atticus, a white man is defending Tom Robinson, a black man. This is quite peculiar because in Maycomb County, blacks and whites are separated and whites usually despise colored folks.
Black people are a “racialized group that are singled out for unequal treatment on the basis of real or imagined physical characteristics” (Naiman.240) proven by the Black Lives Matter campaign. Racism against blacks is prominent in the work force where racism continues to be a sad reality. Even though we have come a long way in accepting all beings and reducing racism significantly it is still found that “blacks experience lower employment rates and employment income and higher unemployment rates regardless of educational level” (Naiman.250). Racism is continually an obstacle, especially in the job market, for blacks in today’s society. Not only are they heavily affected by racism in the present day so much that it decreases their life chances in comparison to a white person, but they are also a group that receive one of the
Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community. As the trial progresses Jem becomes tired and views his members of community with contempt. Jem is emotionally scarred after Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted. Jem firmly believes that there are differences between individuals, social classes and races. Which made Jem acknowledge what he thought Maycomb was, a safe place to live with people who care for each other and has loss faith on the neighbors and the people he knew due to large amount of prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book that sets examples of racism, gender, and socioeconomic discrimination, and many others, these are just the big ones that are shown constantly in the book. Scout and Jem live in Maycomb, Alabama, Maycomb is a place where not everyone gets along; however, there are some people who would like to see all races coming together and getting along, such as Atticus Finch, father to Scout and Jem Finch. Some of the main characters are Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout Finch, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia, and Dill. The book 's plot mainly focuses on Tom Robinson and the case, it is that he was accused of raping a little girl, which would be Bob Ewell 's daughter He, however, was falsely accused of the rape. The trial is in the summer and Atticus knows bad things will happen then because he constantly hints at it.
During the jury voting, Jem could not believe his eyes, “ Judge Taylor was polling the jury: 'Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty...' I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each "guilty" was a separate stab between them” (278). Watching Atticus try cases for years, he knows in court that justice prevails. He thought for sure that Tom was free, the evidence was crystal clear. He could not see what reasosn the jury had for a guilty verdict, but when the verdict came out as guilty, he was mad because he knew it was a racist verdict from the jury. He remember back to all those times in which racism was displayed and he attributed those times to the trial and how racism is everywhere and everyone shows it.
Atticus Finch is in the Maycomb County courthouse roughly around August 26, 1935 trying to convince the judge and jury’s conscience that Tom Robinson is innocent of committing the crime of raping Mayella Ewell is being framed as a cover up to the physical and emotional abuse that has damaged Mayella, to which her father has caused. At this point in the story Atticus is pacing back and forth in front of the jury nervous as he delivers his closing argument. From the point of view of Scout who tells us that Atticus is sweating and has taken his jacket off and had loosened his tie. Atticus is trying to get the jury to forget their prejudice and treat Tom, as an equal and not treating him like dirt. The end of the speech satisfies Atticus with what
Bias and Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird Spending their childhood growing up in a small town in Alabama, Jem and Scout come to know the views of those around them. Many folks in Maycomb, Alabama have very strong views on those of different race and social class. The reader can see the prejudice against different races, the bias that was shown to those of a lower social class, and the prejudice towards the outcasts of Maycomb. Lee does an excellent job of portraying the loss and courage of the characters in the novel and she also shows the reader different themes throughout. Bias and prejudice against race and social class is one of the strongest themes Lee portrays throughout the novel.
Cruel Times The cruelty in this book is seen through the situations of Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Maycomb's reaction to Atticus taking the Tom Robinson case It is very unsettling. Tom Robinson's case was a very unique in that he did absolutely nothing wrong and was still in court all because of his skin. "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life."
In the story of To Kill a Mockingbird, there 's a town called Maycomb. This town is divided by many factors. Race was a big dividend but it wasn 't the only factor of division there was social status, power, and gender. These factors are what conduct the way relationships and personalities formed. First, starting off with the biggest issue: racism.
Until 1865, the enslavement of African Americans was legal in the United States (History.com Staff). Most of the nation believed that African Americans weren’t equal to Whites and could be treated as property. Even after slavery was abolished, these racist ideals were ingrained in the minds of most Southerners. In the 1930s, racial ignorance still caused society to believe that African Americans were sinful and a lesser race. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates how important decisions are influenced by racial ignorance ingrained in a society.