Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that show the life of a southern state od Alabama during the “black racism” time period, where majority of the people had the mentality that (quote) with the exception of a few. To chosen to portray it from the eyes of Scout Finch, from a child’s point of view. Living in Maycomb, in the midst of a conservative society of the 1930’s and 20’s Southern America Scout Finch is an extra ordinary child. She is in fact extraordinary from various perspectives .She differs from the rest of the children with her brother because of the way that they are being brought up. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch is a modern viewed broad perspective lawyer who believes in integration, democracy and equality.
The main Characters of the book are Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the author gives the reader insight into how racial, gender, and religious discrimination, impact the community of Maycomb. There are many times when racial discrimination is shown in the novel, like when Calpurnia takes Scout and Jem to her church and Lula tells them many times that she has no business bringin white children to a black church. “You ain’t got no business bringin white chillun here they got their church we got our’n (Lee 158). This is just one of the many examples of this in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Have you ever had any emotional or physical struggles in your life that sometimes made you feel as if though you were caged and unable to achieve your goal? To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a historical fiction novel told in the eyes of a young girl named Scout as her father, Atticus Finch , a lawyer in the 1950’s in Alabama, is burdened with the task of defending a black man, Tom Robinson, of harming a white girl, Mayella Ewell. “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou is a poem that compares and contrasts a free bird to a caged bird. “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar is a poem that explores a caged bird that was once free, and how it is struggling to be free but hasn’t given up his hopes. Harper Lee’s characters Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch,
Bias and Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird Spending their childhood growing up in a small town in Alabama, Jem and Scout come to know the views of those around them. Many folks in Maycomb, Alabama have very strong views on those of different race and social class. The reader can see the prejudice against different races, the bias that was shown to those of a lower social class, and the prejudice towards the outcasts of Maycomb. Lee does an excellent job of portraying the loss and courage of the characters in the novel and she also shows the reader different themes throughout. Bias and prejudice against race and social class is one of the strongest themes Lee portrays throughout the novel.
How did the time period of the novel (30’s) affect how black people were treated? One of the main themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is racial discrimination. Examples of racism and prejudice against black people can be seen throughout the novel. There are several reasons as to why people segregate dark people and they are mostly the important events happening in the 30’s. The time period of which the book was written is the 1930’s and it was a quarrelsome time for race relations.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Inequality According to Merriam-Webster, inequality is defined as “the quality of being unequal or uneven”. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird inequality is brought up in many places. In particular, the African-American population faces racial biases. Furthermore, in the book Tom Robinson, a respected humble African-American is accused of raping Mayella Ewell an unhappy, and lonely white girl. The poor citizens in Maycomb, Alabama face different inequalities.
The Impact of Jim Crow Over one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, black people in the south still faced oppression brought on by the Jim Crow laws. One of the most crucial reasons for the civil rights movement was because of the Jim Crow laws. Between 1877 and the mid-1960s, a series of segregation laws were used throughout the south in order to keep blacks away from whites. Although the Jim Crow laws claimed to keep the races separate but equal, the laws focused on keeping blacks powerless and without rights. This oppression eventually led to the civil rights movement.
As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism. People of the town including children refer to black people as “Niggers”, and raised to think of black people as lower class individuals. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a strong message towards racism, this is learned from Scout & Jem as they mature throughout the novel and are constantly being exposed to demeaning segregation in Maycomb County. In giving Scout a lesson about racism, Atticus also does the same for the readers of the novel. This happens when Scout asks Atticus what the term ‘Nigger-lover” meant, after being insulted several of times and not knowing if it is an offensive word or not, but had a slight feeling it was when Atticus was being called at.
She passes away soon after Jem’s punishment ends. Also, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to church at First Purchase. Church service there is different than what the children expect. There are no hymn-books, as most of the African Americans cannot read or write. With the trial starting to pick up, Aunt Alexandra comes
Bob Marley, a famous singer once said, “Prejudice is a chain, it can hold you. If you prejudice, you can 't move, you keep prejudice for years. You’ll never get nowhere with that.” Prejudice is shown in our everyday society and their are many reason on why prejudice is shown. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the author shows why prejudice is shown and the effects of it. The novel takes place in Alabama in the 1930s, and it is narrated by a young girl who is a tomboy.
Enacted after the reconstruction period, these laws continued in force until 1965. Jim Crow laws mandated the segregation of public schools, public places, and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants, and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The U.S. military was also segregated, as were federal workplaces, initiated in 1913 under President Woodrow Wilson. By requiring candidates to submit photos, his administration practiced racial discrimination in hiring. The phrase "Jim Crow Law" can be found as early as 1892 in the title of a New York Times article about voting laws in the South.
The MLK unit showed me a lot about my interests and non interests. Although, the Emmett Till situation is what grabbed my attention. It was typical during the 1950 's for blacks to be killed, but what stood out the most is when his mother requested to have an open casket at his funeral. She wanted everyone to see what they had done to her 14-year old boy. Emmett 's case became representative of the disparity of justice for blacks in the South.The 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a protest against segregated public facilities in Alabama, was led by Martin Luther King Jr. and lasted for 381 days.