The flames of gossip are, as usual, fueled thoroughly by Miss Stephanie Crawford and tend to be ridiculously twisted: “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained” (16). The general consensus in Maycomb is that Boo should be left alone - though Dill, an outsider, breaks this rule routinely - but rumors could be spread about him to an absurd extent. Anyone living in the county knows how to treat this strange member of their community, and those who behave differently are scolded - if they are children like Jem and Scout - or scorned. When Tom Robinson’s trial comes around, the entire county - or at least, the entire town - goes to see the event, making a sort of spectacle of it. It’s a totally public event, and something that
This quote helps explain some of the crimes or scary acts, “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows… people’s chickens and household pets were found mutilated” (Harper Lee 10). This quote proves that Scout and Jem are scared of Boo because of the gruesome acts and small crimes he is blamed for, but may not have even committed. In the story they also explain how Scout and Jem run past the house and do not walk past the house. This quote proves this, “Jem said he reckoned he wasn’t, he’d passed the Radley Place every school day of his life. ‘Always runnin’,’ I said (Harper Lee 16-17).
In the opening of Jeff the killer’s story readers are thrown into a scene where Jeff is lurking in the shadows of a child’s room ready to kill him. Before he can, the child wakes up, screams, and alarms his parents before Jeff can hurt him. Meanwhile in Boo Radley’s tale the town gossip, Stephanie Crawford, tells the children that Boo had once been watching her sleep from the window in the middle of the night. Despite Boo never trying to hurt Miss Stephanie, the story makes Boo Radley out to be a creepy entity looming over people, similar to
The judge ordered him to a state industrial school but his father explained to the judge that he would keep Boo in check. Maycomb is a small town that passes around rumors; for example, it was said that Boo mutilates the towns people’s pets, and kills his neighbor’s plants. We later learn that Boo is kind, protective, and has watched over Jem and Scout with care as if they were his own. Boo has been judged based on appearance and stories and they are all nothing but malarkey. Dolphus Raymond was thought to be the town drunk even though he had never been a drinker.
Tom Robinson is a young African-American who's been accused of raping and abusing Mayella Ewell, a young and closeted white woman. Racial discrimination is hinted throughout Tom’s trial as Atticus Finch explains to Jem that a white man’s word will always win over that of a black man’s - "...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" (220). Atticus explains to Jem that in the courts of Maycomb, a black man’s state of innocence or guilt is truly determined by a white man’s testimony. As can be seen, Lee’s usage of Tom Robinson’s trial and the racial discrimination and prejudice seen throughout it helps reinforce the theme of social injustice throughout To Kill A Mockingbird.
Throughout the story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, encountered the many trials of living in the small county of Maycomb, Alabama. Within their society, the ingrained principle was that those of lighter colored skin were superior to those of darker skin. The black members of the community were looked down upon as slaves and simply used for labor. Although this was the common practiced belief, it created immense corruption and cold-heartedness amongst some of the white skinned dwellers of Maycomb. The word of a white man would always trump the word of a black man; this is shown in the narrative of the villain of the story, Bob Ewell, a man who enjoyed employing prejudice and racism towards black people to an
Harper Lee artfully wove together a coming-of-age story and a legal thriller in a way that tackles many of the important issues of growing up in the American South during the 1930s. Of the many themes encompassed in To Kill a Mockingbird, the most prevalent is prejudice. Prejudice manifested itself in the novel among races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, religions, and values. Racism, sexism, and socioeconomic elitism are the most significant examples of the theme of prejudice, which is the driving force and central message of the entire novel. Prejudice in the form of racism is demonstrated in the discrimination against black people that takes place in the novel.
A Mockingbird is considered for someone who displays innocence, kindness and does not want any recognition of the good deeds they do for others. The factors that classify Boo Radley is his morality and his sentiments. In the beginning of the novel, everyone misjudges Boo Radley as a radical and violent man, including Scout and Jem. There were many false allegations made that Boo Radley was in power of killing his father with scissors, poisoned the pecans in his yard, and is chosen to blame for all the “stealthy crimes”, in Maycomb County. For many years Boo has cared dearly for the Finch children.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there is several examples of how family values impact the story and the way characters develop. One of the main family values in the story is how the Finches view race; since they live in Alabama during the 1940s there is a lot of racism and the father is defending an african american in a rape case where many people believe that he should automatically be hung. An example of different values is “My folks said your daddy is a disgrace an’ that nigger should hang”
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.