Dialectical Journal For To Kill A Mockingbird

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TKM Extra Credit

1. To Kill a Mockingbird setting is the 1930’s. The story provides a lot of textual evidence to support the main idea. I feel the main idea is segregation between Whites and Blacks. Racial segregation is alluded to, which can provide. “There’s not a seat downstairs. Do you all reckon it’ll be all right if you all came to the balcony with me?” (Lee 186) Back in the 1930’s there was no reason to have Whites or Blacks together in any way, shape, or form. It was not acceptable to have both races talk with each other, be in the same restaurant, movie theatre, or basically anything. Racism is a big concept throughout the novel. Many things said at the time would be unacceptable today. Another allusion is, “Not only a Finch waiting …show more content…

My third allusion for the novel is, “What exactly is a n****r-lover?” (Lee 124) Scout asked Atticus this question because she heard Mrs. Dubose call her father one. This isn’t saying Atticus is in love with a black person, it’s saying that Atticus is being dumb helping out a black person in Mrs. Dubose’s mind. The fourth allusion I’m using for TKM is, “You ain’t got no business bringin white chillun in here, they got their church, we got our’n.” (Lee 136) The above shows how the Blacks feel about being separated from the Whites, so they feel they shouldn’t allow a white person in their black church. My final allusion is, “Do you all reckon it’ll be all right if you all come to the balcony with me?” (Lee 186) The allusion above means that there was no room for the kids in the white section, so they’re asked by Reverend Sykes to go sit in the …show more content…

I feel there is many situations were characters are affected in To Kill A Mockingbird because of racism. Atticus is affected the most in the Tom Robinson trial because, “every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally.” Which means that he has to take the Tom Robinson trial, even though he has no hope to win. He feels that way because he’s against an all white jury. Scout is affected by racism at school because Cecil Jacobs said, “Scout Finch’s daddy defends n*****s.” This affects Scout because she feels it’s an insult being said about her father. One of the most important parts of the story and racism is the Tom Robinson trial. In the story Scout asks, “Why do you defend n******s?” Atticus responds saying he has to or he wouldn’t feel like a good person. This affects Tom Robinson because even Atticus’s kids question why Tom Robinson deserves to be defended. Another character affected by racism is Jem. Jem is affected by racism when the story says, “Tom Robinson is guilty.” He is affected because he felt that his father did a great job proving Tom guilty. The final character I feel is affected due to racism is Calpurnia. Calpurnia is a black woman who has to deal with just as much racist terms. In the story Calpurnia notices other Blacks being called by boy or girl, instead of sir or ma’am. “Get a goin’ boy.” I feel if I was called a boy and I was a grown adult it would be offensive and

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