Have you ever experienced a situation that involved racism? Maybe someone of a different race was treated unfairly or made fun of because they were of a different color. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, racism is a recurring theme because it dominates most of the events that take place in the novel. The book is a view of life in the town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930's. To Kill A Mockingbird is told through the eyes of Scout Finch. Scout is a young girl who is growing up with the argument that surrounds her father's court case. Atticus Finch, her father, is a lawyer who is defending a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom was charged with raping a white girl. The lives of the characters are changed by Maycomb’s worst disease which is racism and this is shown throughout the book, but in chapter 12 we see the side of reverse discrimination involving the blacks to the whites.
“I don’t want to lose him [Jem] and Scout, because they’re all I’ve got” (Lee 366). -Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird is a very interesting book for young, or old.It is a fictional book with many occurrences having to do with real life events that were happening during the temporal setting of the novel. It has many instances where a young protagonist, her brother, and their friend go on adventures, have fun, and go through some tough times. While that is happening the protagonist’s father is appointed to be the lawyer for a black man accused of raping a white woman in the south during the 1930s. Harper Lee was influenced by real world events, and incorporated them into her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Some of these influences include the infamous trial of the Scottsboro Boys, the murder of a young African American, Emmett Till, and the
Atticus is one of the smartest people in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is a single father raising two children. Even though he is tired after work he always makes time to listen his children’s problems and give them advice. He is also kind and patient with his troublesome sister. Several times in the book Scout gets into fights, and Atticus gently rebukes her. While Atticus shows many positive traits throughout the book his most noteworthy are wisdom, kindness, and patience he demonstrates toward his children.
Racism in the 1930’s served as an injustice to blacks that were convicted of crimes. In the time periods of the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Scottsboro Boys trial, discrimination in Alabama was atrocious, and racial injustice was seen throughout this time period. The Scottsboro trial shows how discrimination played a large role in Alabama during the 1930’s. This influenced Harper Lee’s to write about the Tom Robinson case. In many ways, the Scottsboro trials were more similar to the Tom Robinson case, but at some points had differences.
Over the years many people have been prejudice to biracial children and adults. Many people believe that they are an outcast and don’t belong seeing as they aren 't necessarily one color. I believe as a biracial person myself that we are just as good and should be seen in the same light as every other person in the world. Many biracial kids and adults have been prejudiced against in different forms including being called only one color, not being able to marry the person they want, and being an outcast among other people.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an important text worthy of all the recognition it received in the time following its original publication.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a major theme that is evident in the book is the idea of maturity and a loss of innocence, especially in the younger characters. As one of the main characters, Atticus, was a lawyer who dealt with major issues in Maycomb, his children, a young girl named Scout and her brother Jem, were forced to mature at a very young age. They were the most affected by growth in the book, and showed their maturity by becoming more empathetic, controlling their actions, and changing their views on society.
Racism, a hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. Based on this core foundation, is the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The story of Scout and her exploration of racism in her life is what makes the book a show of what racism is in its purest form. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the theme that racism is a negatively influential factor in everyday life is shown through Scout and the events that take place in Maycomb.
To Kill A Mockingbird a novel written by Harper Lee, general setting in Maycomb Alabama 1930’s. The Author uses language techniques throughout the book portraying social inequality. This was mainly focused on the character Tom Robinson , there was talk about other black characters like calpurnia. However wasn’t involved intentionally in the book , but however was treated unfairly by a certain person. Aunt Alexandra a considered high class citizen of maycomb treats calpurnia like she is their maid. Jem and scout think differently of her as a mother figure and Aunt Alexandra makes it like she is just there to do everything. This was probably due to calpurnia's race which is a sign of racism. Alexandra would not want to talk about her race in front of her only because she thought she would go telling all the black folks.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story revolving around Atticus Finch and his kid’s Jem and Scout, narrated by a much older Scout. This story was written 1960 but was set in the 1930’s. Since it took place in such a time, The story had a lot of racial inequality and prejudice during that time. The story was fictional but took after the real life occurrences of Harper Lee.
Discrimination can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates a variety of different kinds of discrimination. A person can be discriminated against because of who they are. Someone may be discriminated against because of what they do. Others may be discriminated because of what they look like. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, Arthur (Boo) Radley, and Tom Robinson were all discriminated against, but for very different reasons.
In the South towards the 1930´s there was a lot going on. People suffered from The Great Depression and became gloomy. So many people lost their jobs and business´s went bankrupt. Money became a big issue and families had a hard time trying to stay alive and healthy. Farmers had no other choice but to grow cotton because it was an only resource to them. This was a time where prejudice was around and how white´s were ignorant to others. How white´s were racist and rude, especially to colored people. Black´s were scared of white people because of all the criticizing and crucialness. Even though white people were ranked higher than everyone else, both white and black people had hard times trying to maintain their families. Civil rights was also a part of the 1930´s like how colored people tried to gain equal rights for everyone. And how they were trying to gain equalization for education, opportunities for jobs, to get better houses, and rights to vote. Colored people wanted freedom from slavery, because this was a fight that went on for years. Racism which hurt each other´s feelings that led to arguments and wanting one thing, equality. Where white people and black people were separated into two different worlds. And people needing freedom from how the way they were treated with no respect, no equality, no rights, and racism which is shown throughout the book.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells a story of racial prejudice during the Depression and how it is combated. The main development in the novel is that a Atticus, the father of Scout and Jem, has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman named Mayella. Many people in the town of Maycomb, particularly people involved with the case of Tom, have a negative attitude towards African Americans. Prejudice was a terrible issue in the South during the Depression, but Atticus Finch shows that racial injustice can be combated in two main ways, each having different levels of effectiveness.
Racism is a curse where abnormal people becomes tormented by the accepted race of the community. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout notices during her exposure to racism that it does not give the oppressed a voice or opportunities of their own rights. A few days after the brutal trial, Aunt Alexandra hosted a gathering with her missionary circle and invited Scout to come and join them for refreshments. Mrs. Grace Merriweather, a faithful Methodist under duress, conversed about the poverty and immorality of the poor black Mrunas living in Africa, and then contrarily switched the topic to the circumstances of her own black community, “‘the cooks and field hands are just dissatisfied…they grumbled all next day after that trial…Just ruins your day to have one of ‘em in the kitchen…if my Sophy’d kept it up another day I’d have let her go. It’s never entered that wool of hers that the only reason I keep her is because this depression’s on and she needs her dollar and quarter every week she can get it’” (Lee 233). Because Mrs.