Especially poorer whites feared that, following Claudia Johnson argumentation, the “breakdown of the class and, especially racial boundaries” (“Threatening Boundaries” 4) would deteriorate their standard of living, which is the case in Maycomb’s society as especially the family of the victim is considered “white trash” (Lee 33). 3.1.1 Social Coexistence Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird is segregated in its diverse class stratification and reflects the social, economic and political atmosphere in the United States at that time. The wealth belongs to a small white upper class, the rest is divided into different classes and increments, but poor whites feel they are in competition with blacks for a decent living and the whites-only advantage was their skin color. Generally, there is the idea that segregation results in discrimination, but Deborah Kenn argues that “indeed, discrimination is one of the most powerful enforces for segregation” (2). This discrimination starts with the low income of blacks, followed by housing prizes and segregated education.
You may be surprised by how some individuals feel angry and offended at others simply because of the pigment of their skin. These individuals let their hatred of those that are different from them control their actions to the point that they bring harm and malice upon these people. This piece of writing showcases that and also addresses how racism in Maycomb is viewed and how the people in Maycomb feel about those with different skin tones as well. There are those individuals that do not intend to be racist but the way that their society is programmed they unintentionally contribute to the racist population. The racism that occurs in To Kill A Mockingbird is very present and normalized.
Black people were victims of horrible prejudice and discrimination. They were mistreated and could not trust the police or the courts to protect them as they were often assumed guilty once they had been accused of a crime. The small town of Maycomb was shown through the eyes of Scout Finch. She describes the town of Maycomb in rainy season as: “In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square.” Maycomb is one of the rural towns situated in Deep South with its own distinct social hierarchy. It has established families like Finches, Crawfords, Haverfords and Atkinsons who live in a good residential area close to downtown Maycomb.
Straight from the start, Harper Lee chooses to introduce Maycomb County, a county in which the blacks and whites have separate communities (Lee). The black and white communities of Maycomb hardly ever come across one another, and in the rare occasion of such occurrence, the black individual most likely will get punished. Maycomb County is filled with so called “laws” that punish the black individual with
To KIll a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses the town of Maycomb changing throughout the story ultimately affecting the ending. Lee represents society as an ever changing factor to people life. There are a few things that attribute to this change including the case against Tom Robinson as well as the mob that confronts Atticus wanting to get at Tom Robinson. Characters such as Atticus Finch have seen this change in Maycomb and are personally affected by it. In the beginning of the book Scout describes Maycomb in the following, “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.
Racism has been around since the 16th century. Although it changes, the same basic concept of one race being superior to the other stays around. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1930s during the depression. Though the fictional setting of Maycomb County is set in the south, the story still gives a glimpse into what racism was like in America during this time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird during chapter nine, Lee reveals the predominant racism throughout the town by illustrating Cecil Jacobs comments made about Atticus.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, the residents of Maycomb all know each other, their habits, flaws, and they believed the stereotype of the colored people, except for a select few. These few helped the town start to open up to the possibility of the colored stereotype being false. To Kill A Mockingbird was published by Harper Lee on July 11, 1960, this was right at the height of the civil rights movement. This book gave a new spin on racial inequality and contained relatable stories that could appeal to a large majority of people at the time. That 's most likely why it was so popular, the timing could not have been anymore perfect.
The people of Maycomb all have very different values. Some people may have values that are alike or the same, but there is always a family that will have different morals than the rest of the town. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, the values
The people of Maycomb place stereotypes on him from stories and allow their imagination to make false accusations. Not only do they place stereotypes on Boo, they place stereotypes on those of different races, mainly blacks, and never question or think they are wrong. These exaggerated rumors affect many of the people, and are viewed as acceptable because of the specific structure of the town. The stereotypes exemplify the disrespect the people have for each other and illustrate the solution needed to avoid this problem. Classism is also embedded into the structure of the town and often affects the lower classes, such as poor whites, mixed races, and blacks.
Lee’s description of Maycomb being a small, unadvanced town in the South describes several other municipalities along this area. America’s Original Sin expresses the way religion took a big part in racism, how God never intended for there to be a drawn line among races in between his children. As Wallis specifies by saying “The United States has the most racial diversity of any country in the world… (which) is essential to our greatness, but it has also given us a history of tension and conflict. It has always been the resolving and...the reconciling of those tensions that makes us ‘a more perfect union.’ However, that cannot happen when we ignore, deny, or suppress our racial history...; it can occur only when we ...embrace it, and be ready to be transformed by it.” (Wallis, 28). As he brings out the way racism took a part in the United State’s history, he asserts the way this nation has also been divided by it.