Henry Kravis once said,”If you don 't have integrity, you have nothing. You can 't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing. Morals are the principles on which one 's judgments of right and wrong are based. The morality of a person defines what a person’s decisions will be, or could this be influenced by other things.
Introduction: To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee in 1961 which depicts social problems such as prejudice and racism against African Americans in south of the United States in 1930’s. The protagonist in this story is Atticus Finch, a father of two children, a lawyer in Mayacomb city and a hero in defending an African American accused man against the wave of oppression and racism of the time. Atticus Finch characterization by Harper lee lets the reader fully immerse in the story which is told by his daughter, Scout, as the first person narrator. In this thesis we will examine Atticus Finch character as the main character of the novel to whether he is a “white savior” or not.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an important text worthy of all the recognition it received in the time following its original publication. A prime piece of fine American literature based in a period of extreme racial segregation and inequality. Set in a southern town of Maycomb Alabama during the depression, Lee follows three years of the life of eight-year-old Scout (Jean Louise) Finch and her older brother Jem (Jeremy) Finch as their father is, for three years, a fundamental figure in a case that had punctured the town as a result of the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man. As the years commence/continue, Scout and Jem, alongside the audience grow increasingly aware of prejudice throughout society as they learn the importance of perspective and being courageous when faced with adversity. By illustrating the influence of prejudice on society, Harper Lee challenges the perspectives of society, criticizing the nature of humankind to stereotype and be prejudice towards one another and in doing so, she successfully convinces the author to look beyond the facade society creates and locate the humanity that is concealed within everybody.
The most important theme in this novel that is apparent throughout the entire book is social inequality. This sets the tone for the book and most events are based around this common theme. Throughout the book, the characters learn about the real world through the racism and unbalance of social power that takes place during this time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee represents the struggles for social equality in the 1930's through two young characters that grow up around people that are pushing racism and segregation. For example, it was known throughout the whole town that Atticus “won’t win, he can’t win” (Lee 246) in his trial defending a black man.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a worldwide sensation and one of the highest sellers in the world, published in 1960 with immediate success. The plot if the story is based on the 10-year-old author’s (Scout) observations of her family and people in Maycomb, Alabama. The novel is well known for its subtle humour and warmth, along with the severe issues of rape and ethnic inequality. Throughout the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, set in the 1930’s the different social classes are clearly defined from a person’s features, such as a person’s skin colour, their work place or someone’s financial earnings. The finch family start at the top of the hierarchy, then general townspeople, the Cunningham family is and at the bottom are the Ewells.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there are lots of racial, gender, and religious, discrimination. Which is shown a multiple amount of times throughout the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee which takes place in Maycomb Alabama, where there is a lot of racial discrimination. But there is also some gender, and religious, discrimination.
There is no better feeling in the world than being able to feel free and proud. Living in the 21st century has its benefits; more people are open-minded and less people are subjects of discrimination. However, our world isn’t perfect, in fact, there are so numerous similarities in the USA from now and the 1960’s. There were groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and other extremists that are still around today. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses subplots and symbols to inform her readers about the prejudice and hatred that still lingers today.
Harper Lee has depicted the separation between Caucasians and African-Americans in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by showcasing how White talk and African-American influences conduct between people of different races. For instance, when the children, Scout and Jem went to the church with Calpurnia, and they accessed the church. Subsequently, Harper Lee stated, ‘Calpurnia tilted her hat and scratched her head, then pressed her hat down carefully over her ears. Meanwhile, Calpurnia said, “Now what if I talked white folks' talk at church, and with my neighbours? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses” (139).
The story opens up with the writers first encounter of someone fearing him in public. And although it is purely off of race, his vivid description of himself portrays why she sadly felt that way, as stated “To her, the youngish black man – a broad six feet wo inches with a beard and billowing hair, both hands shoved into the pockets of a bulky military jacket – seemed menacingly close.” (Staples 188). He then goes on to describe his manner which is nothing like the stereotypical young black male, “As a softy who is scarcely able to take a knife to a raw chicken – let alone hone to a person’s throat…” (Staples 189).
How is the racial problem of the southern states of USA in the 1930s portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird? INTRO In the 1930s the Southern states of America suffered from a strong discrimination and racial hatred towards colored people. They had no rights, no respect and were not allowed to go places white people went. In other words they were segregated from the rest of the society.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a well know book that elaborates on racial, and social equality. Harper Lee authored, and published this book in July of 1960. The book is about a father with two curious children named Jeremy, and Scout. They learn many life lessons throughout the novel, helping them understand the state of racial and social inequality. Atticus their father is very educated, and a wise man.
Scout is only a six year old child who hasn’t yet experienced evil in the world and she soon discovers what evil is all about. In chapter 9, her father defends Tom Robinson, an African American man, and she gets to experience evil firsthand. Cecil Jacobs insults Scout’s father, “Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.” (Lee pg. 99) Scout sees evil and prejudice.
Ignorance, discrimination, and hatred are noticeable influences of a cruel society containing conservative people, but Atticus and his household are open-minded and not opinionated over others. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, an American novelist, discusses the racial injustice in the Southern town, Maycomb County. The book occurs during the Great Depression era—1929 through 1939—when African Americans confront segregation and discrimination. The book examines the life of Scout Finch and her experiences as a child in this town with her brother, Jem Finch, and her father, Atticus Finch. As he defends Tom Robinson in the case against the Ewell family.
Racism Come to humans naturally we all judge our surroundings and the people living in it which means our opinions are based our views and values. The values gradually leads us to be biased towards some people. The novel To Kill Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the article “Jim Crow Policing” by Bob Herbert both inform readers about the life of colored folks now and during the great depression. They also both inform the readers how no one cared about the way they treated colored people or if they were hurting their feelings. Racism can either be embedded in a man’s heart or can be enforced by law.