Racism To Kill A Mockingbird was, and still is, a book read by many. There are so many things to learn from Harper Lee as she has written a classic American novel taking us through times and matters we’ve never lived ourselves before. Scout, the main character, is a young girl who as the book goes on learns many life lessons. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer in Maycomb County. When Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman, accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape, Atticus takes up the trial and will represent Tom Robinson in court to help prove his innocence.
Imagine being accused of a crime you did not commit simply because your skin was darker than others. Social injustice - a situation in which unfair practices and treatments occur - still proves to be an issue to this day. Whether it be discrimination against a person due to their race, sexual orientation, or gender, social injustice continues to be a very prevalent matter in today’s society. Scout, the narrator of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, exhibits what life is like for a naive girl maturing in the racist town of Maycomb, Alabama. Through Scout’s eyes and Harper Lee’s voice, multiple cases of social injustice, primarily racism, are exhibited via excellent use of irony, symbolism, and humor.
On the surface Maycomb County might seem like quiet, nice place to live, but deeper into the town hidden identities are discovered, courage is needed, and the maturation of characters is crucial to unearthing the truth about life in the 1930s. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, readers learn about a small town named Maycomb County and the struggles that occur within it. During the Great Depression and a peak of Southern racism, readers met the main character Scout. Scout, a girl ages six to nine, narrates this story for years and the happenings in the town. Years pass and different incidents arise including a court case about rape, a mean old neighbor, and the mysterious man next door.
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.
Racial tension has been a hot topic in our country for a long time. No matter what laws and regulations are passed, there will still always be racial tensions and cruel people. In the short story “Brownies” by ZZ Packer, a young group of black girls are at a scout camp with other young, white girls. After being called the N word by a the group of white girls, the young black girls believe they are being discriminated against. Throughout the story, Packer depicts the very real problem of racial discrimination in young kids, just as in older adults.
Alex Ferdinand December 3, 2015 To kill a mockingbird is a novel to talks about all different kind of stereotypes. The book takes place in the 30’s during the great depression and the author uses a young girl's perspective to show how these stereotypes are used so often and how terrible there were. Themes such as racism and sexism are portrayed by the author in creative ways. To kill a mockingbird is very much still relevant to today's society in a rascism point of view. The reason to kill a Mockingbird is relevant today is because of the growing revival of racism in our country.
In the text it says “Gangs of ruffians sometimes broke into her lectures and threw rotten eggs at her.” This shows that even though she was harshly disrespected, she fought because she knew that whether people liked it or not, they needed women's rights. “One hundred years after her birth, Susan B. Anthony’s dream had come true.” This part of the text shows that Anthony fought for years and years and even though it was after her death, women got equal rights. Without her, it certainly would have taken way longer for these equal rights to come into place. Who knows, we may not have even have women’s
Ever since human existence was known, women weren’t treated the same as a man. They were told to stay inside, care for the kids, and look pretty, as a paying man’s job was considered “too hard” for them to accomplish. But, during the years leading up to 1920, women had enough of this, they rallied and marched with a simple message, to be treated equal to a man. Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird, set in a 1930’s Alabama, covers women issues at various lengths. From Scout’s tomboyish attitude, gender inequality, and gender roles, Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird suggests that women should be able to have equal opportunities to men.
Breaking Away Even though Letty Cottin Pogrebin, an American author and social activist, recently stated, “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed it’s tradition,” in recent times, women decades ago experienced even greater prejudice (Deborah, Golda, and Me). In Harper Lee’s 1930s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee discusses the tradition of inequality between men and women. The protagonist and narrator, Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout, lives in a time when women are expected to be perfect Southern ladies. She must to be charming, submissive to the men around her, and always in need of a man’s protection.
Although women's rights movements were in full throttle women still faced the constant battle with society, the idea of perfection. In Piercy's poem “Barbie Doll” she writes of how growing up is hard enough without superficial insinuation. Piercy's poem explores a story many can relate, how puberty and other harsh elements of the world can weaken a young girl's mind and spirit.