Examples Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racism To Kill A Mockingbird was, and still is, a book read by many. There are so many things to learn from Harper Lee as she has written a classic American novel taking us through times and matters we’ve never lived ourselves before. Scout, the main character, is a young girl who as the book goes on learns many life lessons. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer in Maycomb County. When Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman, accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape, Atticus takes up the trial and will represent Tom Robinson in court to help prove his innocence. The trial goes on and on and many witnesses are called to the stand but, in the end Tom Robinson loses. He is found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. The theme of “race” is brought up a lot in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, and that’s the theme to focus on. Race has been a controversial issue going back four centuries, and this novel portrays race in an unfamiliar way to others, but very familiar to Lee. She has done a tremendous job on bringing us into the world of racism and how it permeates each decision throughout her book. As we read To Kill A Mockingbird we come across racist people and incidents that help shape this book and our minds in the point of view to where we can better understand how Scout is not as aware of the world of racism. Scout and Jem had an inkling about racism, but never had experienced it themselves. Harper Lee skillfully exemplifies the theme of race when it is written “Lula
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