The final theme I found in To Kill a Mockingbird was injustice. The first example was on page 233 in To Kill a Mockingbird; it states “Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.” That is an example of injustice because even though there were lots of evidence against Mr. Ewell the jury still believes Tom Robinson is guilty just because he is black because of this the jury and the people had an unfair advantage against him. The second piece of evidence found was on page 218 and it states “Black people surge upstairs.” this shows injustice because the black people are not allowed to be seated with the white people. Because of this, they have to sit in an entirely different section of the courtroom. The last example of maturity is on page 162 it says “Not only waiting on tables but are in the courthouse lawing for niggers.” That shows injustice because it says that being a lawyer for a black person is as bad as being a waiter.
12 Angry Men and To Kill a Mockingbird depict trials that expose the flaws of the American judiciary system in the fact that juries are not always consisted of the defendant 's peers, judges and juries both have racist views, and juries are influenced by moral cowardice. Trials held in America at the time of these two productions were never fair to African Americans because of the makeup, views, and general nature of juries. Juries never could fully understand the views and motives of the defendant because they were not consisted of the defendant’s peers. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was convicted by a jury made up of middle-aged, white men, so they were unable to understand and view the case from Tom’s point of view. When talking to Scout, Atticus says that most people in Maycomb believe that white people are superior to black people, and that is how it is in court as well.
In the South of the United States in the 1930´s, the justice system was very unfair towards colored people. Colored people that were sent to court could not receive a fair trial because of the prejudice and racism from the jury. This happened all the time, especially in Maycomb Alabama. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a colored man named Tom Robinson was convicted of assaulting a white woman just because of the color of his skin. Tom Robinson should have been found not guilty for many reasons.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence of the mockingbird 's symbol of innocence is the character of Tom Robinson. Tom is a young, married black man who lives in Maycomb. During the book, the people of Maycomb convict Tom of a crime he did not commit, eventually leading to his demise. In reality, his only crime, as Atticus Finch, Scout 's father says, was having, “the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry’ for a white woman.” The woman mentioned is Mayella Ewell, a young poor woman abused by her father. As Tom feels empathy for her situation, he does little chores for her.
Who is a black man that has been accused of raping a white woman in the town Maycomb which is extremely racist. He observes the challenges that come with Tom Robinson’s case with his brother for one, there is no real evidence for Robinson’s
The Jewish discrimination was equally pervasive, which made her alter her name from Rachel to Ruth because it appeared less Jewish (Waxler 1). It also made sense that she would eventually marry a black man. Ruth explains how interracial relationships were extremely dangerous during those days, as black men faced death for even glancing at a white
Othello is a black general from Africa who is respected by most of his white colleagues. However, all of the racist judgment he faces throughout the play, start to make him believe he is an evil, unstable black man. When Iago tries to ruin Othello by telling Brabantio about Othello and Desdemona he uses Othello 's race and Brabantio’s racism as a scapegoat. Othello portrays Othello and black men in general as monstrous, unstable, and unreasonable making its younger black male audience believe that they could never amount to anything more than stereotypes. Everyone in Othello uses racial slurs when talking to or describing Othello, especially one of his best men, Iago.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an inspiring tale exploring an abundance of flaws in humanity and giving insight into the worst kind of people we can be. The novel covers many controversial topics, such as rampant racism, prejudice, and hypocrisy. The story follows Jem and Scout Finch, the children of Atticus Finch, a lawyer appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama. This forces Atticus to deal with the stress and judgment of defending Tom in a society where no one wants to side with him, while Jem and Scout face a similar judgment for being Atticus’ children. Lee uses this setting to paint an extremely vivid picture of prejudice, which shows just how profound their effects can be.
Journal 3 On pages 56 and 57, Sam and Hally fight over racist remarks. The events of pages 56 and 57 takes place after Hally makes a racist joke about being fair. His joke causes tension to escalate and causes Sam to lose respect for Hally. This scene is heartbreaking because it polarizes Hally and Sam. It cements their differences and creates a permanent rift.
Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling” (264). “You felt sorry for her?” This condescending remark Mr. Gilmer makes shows his fury and his supposed superiority that the majority of Maycomb felt towards black people. Just based entirely off of the color of Tom’s skin, they seem unable to accept or view the story from his angle. Emphasis on the word “you” is used in a derogatory manner that screams prejudice, and Mr. Gilmer seems incapable of seeing how a black man like Tom could possibly feel sorry for “her”, a white girl like Mayella. Because the social ladder is built based off of race, Tom immediately gets cast to the bottom without a second thought.
One more assumption that is made in this novel is that African Americans are to be treated as less than white men. Tom Robinson, for example, is proved guilty in his trial for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell just because he is a black man, even though the evidence clearly shows that he is innocent. In Atticus’s closing summation, he says, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (204)” This quote is saying that black men themselves are not a problem, but that it is the whole human race that should not be trusted.
Also, by showing disrespect to her servants, Mrs. Merriweather shows people that she is racist. The last character to show racist behaviors is Bob Ewell by not liking the fact that he lives so close to the African Americans. Another way Bob shows that he is prejudice against African Americans is by showing his hatred towards Atticus because Atticus was trying to help Tom be set free from the charges Bob was putting on