The Prejudice of Maycomb Prejudice is an unreasonable opinion formed without enough prior knowledge to be fair and completely accurate. This happens in How To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and it takes place during the 1930´s in Maycomb, Alabama. Prejudice is shown by the jury when Atticus gives more than enough information for Tom Robinson to be proven innocent. But the jury shows prejudice when it comes to blacks. Gender prejudice is shown when they won´t let women be a part of the jury.
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
This topic seems to fit almost perfectly to the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Both have to deal with prejudice and racism but “To Kill A Mockingbird” is also about growing up. A theme both also have would be that fear and hatred of another person are caused by not trusting and lack of tolerance. Some examples would be that Tom Robinson wasn 't given a fair trial just because he was a person of color. People just seemed to assume that he actually raped Mayella without any evidence.
There is a harsh practice of using corporal punishment in order to discipline children in African American family; spanking, slapping, and pinching the child is common. Though, voices have been raised against these abuses, many black parents believe that the punishment is important to teach their children the ways to live as a black in America. Brittney Cooper, a famed black feminist theorist, in her article entitled “The racial parenting divide: What Adrian Peterson reveals about black vs. white child-rearing” talks about the effects of physical punishments and concludes that “violent modes of discipline makes [children] no less violent, no more acceptable.” She also states that “some of [black family’s] ideas about discipline are unproductive,
Maycomb Alabama, the fictional town To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, has prejudice everywhere. Racism is one of the most obvious forms of prejudice that are present, however other forms such as gender stereotyping; forcing ideas onto Scout because she was a girl, or thinking of someone as a terrible person because they act differently; Boo Radley or Dolphus Raymond. People were grouped together by whom hey associated with and were criticized if they weren 't in the ‘correct’ one. Lee incorporated these ideas and beliefs to help create an accurate and believable setting. The most evident form of prejudice is racism.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows prejudice in Maycomb through characters. Prejudice is the judgement of a person based on what they look like such as their gender, age and skin color without knowing them. There are different types of prejudice that are shown in this novel. An example of prejudice in Maycomb is when Mrs. Maudie cannot be on a jury just because she is a woman, "Miss Maudie can 't be on a jury because she 's a woman (221)." In Maycomb, blacks and whites are separated.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel which takes place during the Great Depression, and if that isn’t bad enough, what’s worse is the amount of prejudice and injustice the Finch family will endure. Through the courage of the father, Atticus, and the teachings of the nanny, Calpurnia, Jem and Scout are able to fight this prejudice and injustice. Yet Scout is actually very young, the amount of knowledge that she has obtained from people around her about the poverty and racial differences has matured her emotionally and mentally. Atticus proves to be a truly important character in the novel. He teaches his children to accept others no matter how they seem.
In society, a traditional set of values or beliefs are understood to be moral until someone or something brings about change. It is rather difficult, however, to bring about change if the problem has not yet been revealed. In order to recognize the faults of the society in which you live, you must be isolated from the cloud of confusion that surrounds the society. In Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, Skeeter Phelan, a 23-year old journalist, realizes how ridiculous her society’s views are towards African Americans during the 1960’s. Because her views clashed with the views of the rest of racist Jackson, Mississippi, she was labeled as an outcast and shunned from society.
Shanna McGrath Mrs. Noe English 9A A 30 December 2015 To Kill a Mockingbird Today Intolerance was abundant in the 1930’s and still is today. Racial intolerance is where people do not accept someone because of their race. It is cruel for anyone to not include or to harm someone because they look different or have a different ethnicity. However people were raised to think they were better than someone else, because their parents believed in a superior race. Racism is a type of intolerance that still occurs today.
Scout, the main protagonist of to kill a mockingbird, evolved from being innocent and oblivious to the racial injustices that were prevalent in the town of which she lived. Throughout the course of the novel racial injustice was a very large theme, although scout herself might have been completely oblivious to it. A good example was when the gang led by Mr. Cunningham was going to lynch Tom Robinson, for the rape of Mayella Ewell, without due process of the law for the simple reason of his complexion. Scout seemed perplexingly unaware of the social injustices taking place all around her. So much so that when the other children were making fun of her she didn’t even know what the meaning of their insults were.
Scout is a tomboy in the novel, her family does not not like that very much, especially Aunt Alexandra. Discrimination is used against Scout because they try and make her wear a dress and act more ladylike around people. Aunt Alexandra was racist in the beginning of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by wanting to fire Calpurnia just because she was black, which is a good example of
But that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to change a big part of the novel. Taking out the “n-word” would not only be taking out some of the history but also some meaning and significance of the novel. Many readers see To Kill a Mockingbird as a racist book because it shows the whole truth about that time period. The “n-word” was just part of everyone’s vocabulary back then it was used many times even in the same few sentences like when Atticus’ daughter Scout asks: “Do you defend niggers, Atticus?” (pg 77). But no one really tries to look at the situation from any other perspective.
The relevancy of the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” has not changed a lot from the time it was first published to today. This book was published in a time period where racism was a large issue. In “To kill a Mockingbird” we follow three young children, Scout, Jem and Dill through their rude awakening to the real racist word in Maycomb. With the children seeing how wrong the treatment of African Americans was it became very obvious to them how the mistreatment impacted the African American community. While on the other hand the people with racist beliefs have never known anything different, African Americans were subhuman to them.
It’s one of the most terrible stories in history. Time for arithmetic, children.” because Miss Gates is telling Cecil that Jews were taken out of their country because of their beliefs this wasn 't justice because they didn’t do anything bad to get kicked out of there home . She is basically being hypocritical by saying that it was wrong a thing but she thinks it 's okay to discriminate african americans. When Mayela makes up the story of her being raped by Tom Robinson. white people seem are more respected just because of their skin color and they have a better reputation than blacks and we know that because that 's one of the reason Bob Ewell made up the story of
OUTLINE Thesis: The repercussions of institutionalized prejudice are far too great for any group to overcome. Jim Crow laws repressed many black americans in the 1850s and the repercussions of that are still affecting black society today. Similarly in the 1800s woman were legally restricted from many of the things men were and still are still unfairly treated to in society today. Main Idea: Jim Crow laws repressed many black americans in the 1850s. Use JIM CROW LAWS to talk about the hardships .