Examples Of Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” In Martin Luther King Jr. quote he explains that ignorance and stupidity and dangerous. Another identical event expressed in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird which is set in Maycomb County,Alabama during the Great Depression. The story is narrated by Scout Finch who learns about the ignorance at her hometown when a black man is accused of rape. In the novel Harper Lee uses external conflict to demonstrate that racism is a result of ignorance. Through the use of external conflict less shows that racism is the result of ignorance. For example, when Dolphus Raymond is talking to Dill and Scout about how he pretends to be an alcoholic he says.…show more content…
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. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life”(Lee 220). This quote is important because this shows that black people no matter the situation against a white person they will lose and if they try to be fair they still can't because they are to ignorant to realize they are still human beings. The literary device used is man vs. society even though black and white people are the same species they treat them lower than them. Even though all human beings are the same on the inside many of them are treated differently for their skin color instead of their personality. Another representation, is when Atticus is talking to Scout about what the word nigger-lover means Atticus says. “Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything—like snot-nose. It's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody"(Lee 108). This quote
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