Bias In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Many people today do not like to admit the bias that underlies their reasoning. Many of these people fear Islamic Fundamentalists; however, most attacks on the United States were the effect of Political Extremists, Nationalists, and even Racial/Religious Supremacists. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, many of the characters in the town of “Maycomb” show the extremity of how biased they are towards white people. Throughout the novel, the reader catches a glimpse of many different types of discrimination including; racial, social status, age, gender etc.. Taking place in Alabama during the Depression, the reader observes as the young protagonists transition from innocence to maturity. The narrator of the story is portrayed by…show more content…
The reasoning behind this was because Atticus believed Scout needed a female figure to look up to, other than Calpurnia. When Scout discusses bringing Walter-a Cunningham-home for dinner, Aunt Alexandra immediately disregards the idea. Aunt Alexandra bluntly says the Cunningham’s are not people who the Finch’s wish to associate with. Although she is doing her best to help Scout understand social ranking she adds that Scout should always be nice and gracious to everyone, although “...you don’t have to invite him home” (9; ch 217). It is clear that Aunt Alexandra’s opinion of the Cunningham’s is dissatisfactory as opposed to her expectations of her family name. When Scout challenges her in a questioning manor, she simply states “‘Because—he—is—trash,” implying the Finch’s are out of the Cunningham’s league. THIRD POINT: White men having ownership over black men is history in the United States which many still continue to feel an obligation to uphold. According to Atticus, race makes white people act foolish. Throughout the book, Atticus’ voice acts as a beacon of hope, giving aspiration to his children; however, in this instance Atticus dryly says “...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”( Injustice shown because of Tom Robinson’s skin color and biased white men
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