There is no doubt that things have changed since 1929 to now. Some things have gotten better, somethings have gotten worse and somethings have stayed the same such as how we view people by their race, gender or class. In the book (To Kill a Mockingbird) by Harper Lee, it displays how life was for two white children named Jem and Scout during the Great Depression, and all their experiences with racism and discrimination. In the book, Atticus, the children’s father is ordered to defend a colored man named Tom Robinson who was accused of rape which causes controversy throughout Maycomb. Some people disagree that Atticus should be defending a colored man, but some people such as Miss.Maudie are glad that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson because
Racism is one of the most influential concepts that drive people to make the worst of decisions. Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (TKM), uses rhetorical appeals in an attempt to save a black man from being falsely convicted. I believe that the movie version of Atticus’s closing statement was more convincing than the book version. This essay will discuss the rhetorical appeals used both in the book and movie; and why the movie’s version was more effective.
All lives matter from white to black because we are God’s children and a created equal in His eyes and he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for everyone it is our choice to accept the gift not our skin color. Yes, some police officers are not going to like black people it does not mean all police officers hate blacks. They shot and arrest people of every ethnicity not just the blacks. This issue has been here for decades and if we do not pay attention it is just going to continue and remain one of the
As soon as Tom Robinson enters the courtroom the case is basically over, all because of his skin color. In the 1930’s you could get away with anything against a person of color, as long as you were a white person. "I got somethin ' to say an ' then I ain 't gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me an ' if you fine fancy gentlemen don 't wanta do nothin ' about it then you 're all yellow stinkin ' cowards, stinkin ' cowards, the lot of you.
Since the very beginning of America, racism has always been an issue that cannot be solved. Slavery was the start of it and even after it ended, society had still managed to find ways to be oppressive. The Jim Crow laws were created for states in the south, in which it strongly enforced segregation from the late 1890’s until the 1960’s. People of color were not allowed to share the same bathrooms as whites, use the same water fountain, or eat in the same restaurant. The Jim Crow laws especially gave a huge advantage to people that are white in the courtroom.
Jem is clearly conflicted over Tom being guilty. Jem unlike the other Maycomb residents realizes the crudeness and unfairness of the case. Everyone knows that Atticus had given all factual evidence but Tom was guilty because he was black. In Today’s society the same goes. From the New York Times Article, “Blacks were also slightly more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites.
In his 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo Reed writes about an epidemic of black culture-or Jes Grew- seeping into the American mainstream like the black plaque. He suggests that white culture is the true form of civilization “Don 't you understand, if this Jes Grew becomes pandemic, it will mean the end of Civilization as We Know It?"(Reed chapter two). He argues that the two cultures are completely different, with white culture being the face of normality. Reed suggests that blacks show contempt even for their own race when they have become more successful- or more “white” cultured. Reed wrote stories that were playful, relevant, thought provoking and left readers yearning for more.
Q: Discuss how and why Atticus challenges the dominant attitudes and values of the time. Back in the 1930s, racism was not abnormal in the society. In fact, racism often happened in America in the 1930s. The white people would always rule over the people of colour, known as African Americans.
Racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior (Oxford Dictionary). Many popular novels have tried to recognize prejudice and how is was wrong to discriminate colored people. Racism didn’t just stop after one generation, but continued on for a long time. Both To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Help by Kathryn Stockett show how racism was taught down generations in the South during the 1900s.
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, " But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210).
Tom Robinson, for example, is proved guilty in his trial for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell just because he is a black man, even though the evidence clearly shows that he is innocent. In Atticus’s closing summation, he says, “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—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (204)” This quote is saying that black men themselves are not a problem, but that it is the whole human race that should not be trusted.
Education is so important for the kids later on; however, in this period of time the kids went to school because their master forced them to go to take care the white children. Walter Calloway was born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1848. He response, “…, we didn’ git no schoolin’ ’cep’in befo’ we got big ‘nough to wuk in de fiel’ we go ‘long to school wid de white chillum to take care of ‘em.” Some slaves might lucky that their master would teach them the alphabets only. Victoria Adams was live in plantation of Samuel Black in Cedar Creek; she was ninety years old.
In today’s world we are very well aware of racial discrimination which remains an issue in our country. Racial discrimination is present everywhere we see it in our everydays lives yet we choose to ignore. The book To Kill A Mockingbird presents a topic of racial discrimination depicting it in a character called Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson reminds us of the dark past of racial discrimination which shows us the power of simply being a different color.
The writer, Harper Lee, in chapter 9 of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird conveys social racism. For example, when Atticus tells Scout how lawyers have black clients but not all lawyers try to do a good job at defending the black person. The writer, Harper Lee, in chapter 10 of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates resistance. For example, when all of Scouts classmates are being rude to her because her dad is on the Tom Robinson rape case Scout ignores them because she had promised her dad that shw wouldn’t get into anymore fights with other kids.