"Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is deep-seated evil within our society" (..) It is in Harper Lee’s “How To Kill A Mockingbird.” that the issue of Prejudice is shown throughout the novel. It is apparent in the novel which exhibits the unethical idea of individuals, particularly
The most important thing in To kill a Mockingbird is Injustice, Love and Sacrifice, and Power of words. Being a colored person can be difficult because you can face injustice. Many people in Maycomb think color persons are worth nothing. “ Cry about the simple hell people give other people without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too”(Lee, 269).
There are many destructive forces in this world that may destroy our humanity, crush our beliefs and deplete our morals such as, greed, arrogance, anger, ignorance, etc… but none more powerful than racism. Racism is one of the worst kind of prejudice in society, and as illustrated in “To Kill A Mockingbird” by what occurred to Tom and Helen Robinson, and Bob Ewell, there’s no doubt that racism can ruin people’s lives. In some ways, everyone in Maycomb were more or less affected by racism. An unnecessary evil, it brought misery to all who harbour or are victims to it. The most apparent victim of racism in “To Kill A Mockingbird” is Tom Robinson, the black man who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell.
Bad Reputation In any community, no matter the size , everybody has a reputation. Reputation reveals what a community thinks of them and how the person acts within the community. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee’s goal is to expose how reputation is created in a community and the negative effects it has on individuals. Lee uses dramatic interactions and experiences with characters who are considered outcasts in the book to exemplify how reputation negatively affect individuals. First, Lee introduces Burris Ewell in Scout’s first grade class.
A very similar thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella, but Atticus proves that it was most likely Bob who did it. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s dad, the person who should be protecting her at all costs. The most common injustice in the novel appears when the kids find the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewell family to be unfair, highly illogical, and racist. When the verdict of guilty is revealed to the town, Jem becomes upset and says, “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that- you can’t”
TKaM Notes: USE PRESENT TENSE Thesis: The most obvious form of discrimination in Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is racism; however, there are other types of prejudice and discrimination that typify relationships among the novel’s characters. It varies between a troubled boy and his town, a lonely woman and her fellow Baptists, and two siblings against the rest of their school. Each of these stories has common ground, but specify into contrasting situations. One might say, how can discrimination cripple a person's being? The book depicts Boo as a distraught boy and who is never seen as anything more.
To Kill a Mocking Bird was a genius creation, written by Harper Lee, in this amazing novel she shows how prejudice and bias affected people on the daily basis in the small town of Maycomb in the early 1930s. During that time African Americans were mistreated because of the heavy prejudice against their skin color. The prejudice created by ignorant people in power who did not want toa see the world in someone else’s eyes, if people would just put themselves in African American shoes they would understand their mistakes and fix the problem. When people do not fully understand others they are creating prejudice and bias against them. Some interactions between whites and black were strictly forbidden by the society.
Essentially, the root of all problems stems from prejudiced situations, social inequality is created by religious, ethnic and many other forms of discrimination. Social inequality is defined as ‘the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society’. In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, specifically, it is created by racism, classism and gender. Inequality factors into the course of the story in very evident ways ultimately causing extreme injustice. Harper Lee’s masterful novel exposes the dark underbelly of society, a society overflowing with hate, narrow mindedness and prejudice.
There is no doubt that injustice exists among society, and there is no doubt that they impact the society in a very negative way. However, who should take the blame for these injustices, and should children be taught to deal with these society’s unjust ways? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the protagonist Scout and her brother Jem look back at their childhood adventures that have introduced them to these deeply rooted evils in society. Scout and Jem attend an unjust trial that eventually leads to the disappointment and disillusionment of both of the young children. Jem is especially shocked as his strict morality is shattered by the evident injustice in the trials.
Those people who had hatred against another race thought that they were more supreme. Both things had lots of people dying and lots of incidents happened because of hatred. They both had “groups” of people who tried to be more supreme and hated all other kinds of people. In the rise of Hitler it was the Nazi Party, and in To Kill a Mockingbird it was the farmers and some of the white residents. To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that expresses racism and hatred that affects people.