Examples Of Darkness In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights activist states, “Only in darkness can you see the stars”. Humanity in some time or another experiences unjust situations also known as “darkness”, however some individuals take a different route to see the stars and be leaders. Those are the ones who are rays of light to the world and who do make a change in history, the hearts of others, and even the hearts of their own. Rays of light are people who choose to go beyond the society norm, and open up their own ideas. This takes place in history countless times when people choose to stand up to unfair advantages towards some, segregation towards others, and judgment towards all. Although in unjust situations everything seems dark and hopeless, individuals …show more content…

The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates an example of this. The book takes place during the 1930’s, when the Great Depression was widespread in the United States, Atticus Finch, a single father of two, takes on the unrealistic case of Tom Robinson that surprises the people of Maycomb in many ways. Blacks were still treated as unequals at the time and in all cases they were said to be the ones doing the wrong. While defending Tom Robinson on trial, the wise Atticus Finch shuts down stereotypes as he presents to the …show more content…

Not only are there rays of light in fictional stories, they take place in our everyday life, and provide the world with hope and positivity for a change. Lynchings in Duluth is a nonfiction story about three men who were hanged by their community for a false accusation in 1920. Michael Fedo was an author who wrote the truth about the horrible lynchings that took place that day in Duluth, Minnesota, “Fedo’s book resulted in a persistent interest in the lynchings. Periodically efforts have been made to publicly remember the tragedy” (“Duluth’s Shameful” n.pag.). The impact Michael Fedo’s book produced was exactly what he was looking for, he wanted everyone to know that what had taken place that day, was not right and should not be forgotten, but be remembered as a time to never go back to. Fedo informed people of these injustices, and became a leader, he did not want fame just like Atticus but to seek a change in the world. More recently, in 2008 another ray of light emerged from the darkness, Jessica, a high school student went to a mixed school in Mississippi that still carried an old tradition of having separate proms, one for blacks and one for whites. Since the U.S had been free from segregation for the past 44 years the question was why does this small school in Mississippi choosing to have segregation between their students on the one night that is supposed to be special for all. Jessica is a “lover” of all and has black friends and white friends and chooses not to

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