In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the angry mob in chapter 15 is fueled by an absurd amount of ignorance and righteousness. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge or information and righteousness is the right of being morally right or justifiable. The angry mob’s ignorance is driven by racism and prejudice. The men believe that they are right and that they are protecting their community, but nobody sits and questions who is really right in the situation. People believe Tom Robinson committed a serious crime because he is black. They believe a white family’s word without any evidence to back them up. One example of the town of Maycomb showing ignorance is when people made up rumors about Boo Radley without knowing if the assumptions
Ignorance versus knowledge is a recurring theme throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. People in this time tend to jump to conclusions based on race, rather than seeking out the truth. In this particular situation in the book, the jury is provided with all the information necessary in order to clearly see the correct verdict. However, despite the knowledge provided they chose to act purely on ignorance.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a man named Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Until Tom was placed in front of a judge, he had been forced to be held in the Maycomb jail. While he remained there, an angry and ignorant mob went to jail to kill Tom. Ignorance is the absence of knowledge on a subject, which is like how the mob lacked knowledge on how being black does not cause Tom to be guilty. The mob is not the only instance in which ignorance is used; it occurs regularly in Maycomb.
U3EA2 The“Queen of the Tomboys” grew up during the Jim Crow era; seeing justice unsatisfied in the Scottsboro trial at the tender age of five. Her father is a lawyer who was given a case to defend two African Americans in court, but he was unsuccessful due to racial norms in their home of Monroeville, Alabama. Many years Years later she was known by her peers as an individualist at the University of Alabama. While staying there she started by studying law but; first studying law and then then switched ing majors to become the aspiring writer known as Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird (TKM). In Chapter 9 of said novel, Lee’s young character Scout confronts a classmate who had “announced in
“Everyone wants the truth but no one wants to be honest.” In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird hypocrisy is used throughout the novel. Harper Lee uses multiple cases of hypocrisy in the novel including Scout’s teacher, Miss Gates and Mrs.Merriweather to reveal how people acted in 1935 and 1960. Miss Gates, Scout’s teacher taught her students about Hitler and the persecution of the Jews and how Germany is different from the United States. Miss Gates says,”Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody who are prejudiced.
Everyone has a story with a lesson; this is Scout Finch’s story. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, Jem, and Atticus experience countless situations where they are forced to grow. It is mainly focused on people maturing and on what being ignorant can do for one and others around them. With so much misunderstanding, the weight is on their shoulders to see clearly. In this novel, there are numerous examples that the only way to understand a person is by looking at things from their viewpoint.
Prejudice was a serious issue during the Great Depression. In To Kill A Mockingbird, there are all kinds of discrimination and prejudice shown through the eyes of a young girl named Scout. Through her perspective, we get an insight on her everyday life and the type of prejudice she sees and faces. In To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many kinds of prejudice that change the everyday lives of the people who are affected by it.
Kid’s make mistakes. Helping a child solve a problem instead of harsh punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a young girl named Scout is faced with punishment after beating an immature boy named Francis for making rude remarks about Scout’s father, Atticus Finch. Atticus is a lawyer; he is supposed to support and defend a helpless black man in a case. In the 1930’s this was unacceptable, so in their small town in Maycomb Alabama, the Finch family received many disputing and hostile comments for Atticus’s actions in court.
Lee Harper’s novel exhibits the results of the great depression and prejudice in the southern states. To Kill a Mockingbird, is a novel loosely based on Lee Harpers life and struggles and takes place in Maycomb county, Alabama in the 1930’s. Lee explores the concept of prejudice throughout the book with many different characters. The characters are judged by society even though no one knows all the facts, this portrays prejudice. Prejudice is the preconceived opinion on something or someone not based on reason or actual experience.
All due to the fact that the people in Maycomb, the fictional town in which the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird live, are so used to discriminating against Black people that none of them think to question their beliefs, choosing to stay ignorant. A prime example of this is before Tom Robinson’s trial all of Maycomb was rooting against him, hoping that he would be ruled guilty, but no one even considered that he may be innocent. Everyone assumed that since he was Black he must have committed the crime, not taking a minute to learn the facts, or lack thereof, and decide without prejudice whether or not he deserves to be in jail. Even during the trial when all the information was released and every testimony was given, the jury still decided to rule Tom guilty simply because to them, even if it was clear as day that Tom Robinson was innocent, there was no way a Black man had done nothing wrong. Despite Atticus’s attempt to defend Tom in the best possible way he could by stating, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women.
“Ignorance, Prejudice, and Innocence” “I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year” (Lee 83). Author Harper Lee continues with this idea, spoken by Scout Finch, in Chapter 17 of her book To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout Finch, age six, is stripped of her innocence in a mid-20th century Alabama courtroom. On trial is a black man accused of rapping a young white woman. Scout’s father, a lawyer, is unaware of her presence during the interrogations and cross-examinations.
"Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil." - Plato. Throughout history, the true depths of prejudice and discrimination have been tested in all aspects of the world. The main goals of people in societies have been to climb the ladder of social hierarchy; however, many times people don’t realize that they are subconsciously contributing to this prejudice. This theme of ignorance on behalf of discrimination is represented in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The story explores themes of prejudice and outlines developments in the perception of one’s community’s discrimination.
society. Lee displays that those who are ignorant will never understand equality between races. For example, when Jem is asking Atticus why did they say Tom Robinson was guilty when he obviously wasn't guilty Atticus replies with. "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, ignorance, prejudice, and racism is all illustrated by the public education system, neighbors, and the trial. We all know that one person who refuses to accept that everybody’s equal. Go ahead and think of them. Now, picture this: You are in a courtroom on trial for the rape of a 19 year old white girl. You know that you didn’t do it, and there is overwhelming evidence pointing toward the fact that you didn’t.
Prejudice Brings Inequality Imagine that you are a framed black man sitting in the middle of a courtroom full of people that are mostly against you. The man that’s defending you, Atticus Finch, has just handed the floor to Mr. Gilmer, the man that’s defending the person that has framed you. You’re scared, nervous, and you have no idea what to do. You know that Mr. Gilmer is going to cut up the little dignity that you have. This is how Tom Robinson feels during the trial scene of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.