Appearance and stereotypes can make us judge someone, because of something such as skin color. These perspectives can keep people from seeing the consequences and results of their actions. By learning how to open our minds, we can broaden our own perspectives. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses conflict and plot to illustrate that judging someone without knowing them can eliminate the opportunity to understand their point of view. Lee shows this through Boo Radley and the theories that people have about him. It was also shown when there were unfair accusations towards Tom Robinson. Because of stereotypes, they couldn’t see the truth to what he had done. Although judging seems bad, it is the actions that come from our own opinions that can lead us to make mistakes. …show more content…
They believed that “Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work,” (10) which shows their fear and belief that all bad things happen because of Boo. The only reason that they treat him like he is a monster is because of the suspicions and theories that have built up and spread to other people. Lee shows Boo’s kindness when Atticus tells Scout “‘You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when [Boo] put the blanket around you,’” (96) which implies that he is thoughtful and cares, but people’s fear of him prevents him from being seeming generous. Tom Robinson and the case against him is another example. Tom is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, believes that he is innocent and he is only being accused because of his color. Stereotypes of blacks such as the assumption that they lie and are bad people cause others to not give someone a chance to be proven innocent, not unlike Tom. In the book, the characters refer to a black person as a “nigger” which is a very offencive and negative term which shows how people in the early 1930’s viewed people of dark
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While using stereotypes in a literary piece of work can be monotonous, it can be very effectual when getting a point across. Harper Lee accomplishes to get her moral condemnation of prejudice in a precise way by using stereotypes within the story. Lee creates the characters to be judged upon without any knowledge of what is really the truth. Arthur “Boo” Radley is a victim of the stereotype in the story. He is believed to be a crazy monster who should be feared yet his only sins are his lack of communication skills and shyness.
guilty. . .”(Lee 282). In this scene, prejudice can affect people's decisions is shown because when the jury convicted Tom of the crime and the evidence is in Toms favor of winning, but because he is a colored man the jury still convicted him of the crime. As we can see prejudice can have a big effect on people in a lot of different
Judgement is often placed on the people of Maycomb. Generally, the women of Maycomb gossip about the people in the town based on stereotypes. Subsequently, the men in the town then act on the statements that were made by the women. Because of the adults the children often join in the banter, which evidently makes the cycle continue even as they get older. People repeatedly judge others based on stereotypes.
Atticus tells Scout “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” (p. 39). because he wants her to know that to understand the things Miss Caroline does, Scout must try and look at it from their perspective. Scout does this when she remarks, “She had learned not to hand something to a Cunningham, for one thing, but if Walter and I had put ourselves in her shoes we’d have seen it as an honest mistake on her part.” (p. 40). Atticus is attempting to make Scout realize Miss Caroline won’t know everything about Maycomb in a day.
Ethan Heitzenrater Becky Crays English 9/10 28 April 2017 Stereotypes Here and Now In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird based in the early 1900’s after The Great Depression Harper Lee uses stereotypes to show the true humanity within a person no matter the age, gender, race, or place in society. This is a subject has impacted people in the past, and is still impacting the people of today. These are tough issues to talk about, but Lee wrote it so all people would understand how important it is not to judge until you understand the person.
In the southern gothic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the many incidences of social prejudice and limited expectations can lead to societies’ blindness of reality. In society, social prejudice not only goes along with limited expectations of people, but it is a main factor in stereotypes. In society, stereotypes often lead to closed mindedness and blindness to reality. In To Kill A Mockingbird, society tends to stereotype many of the citizens in Maycomb, one being Arthur (Boo) Radley. “Old Mrs. Radley died that winter, but her death caused hardly a ripple- the neighborhood seldom saw her, except when she watered her cannas.
Thesis In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses dialogue and thoughts derived from the characters experiences to convey how the physical appearance of a person affects how they are treated because of the social stereotypes made about a certain race and gender lead to the person facing discrimination that puts them at a disadvantage in the society. Body Paragraph #1 Tom Robinson, a black man, which at that time automatically meant he belonged in the lowest class of the society. This idea also meant that he was seen by others as irrelevant and his only purpose really was to work for others in a higher class.
In the book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ written by Harper Lee, the concept of fear is presented and based on stereotypes. Maycomb County lives are mainly based upon stereotypes and fiction stories. Besides, being scared of Boo Radley was all because of what the children have heard from others about the Radley’s past and present. Furthermore, fear is what we find in books because people will believe everything they see and read about.
To Kill A Mockingbird Essay “My goal is to be myself,and to challenge stereotypes,and to follow the rules,and break them,and make new rules. It’s not about doing something that’s already been done. That would be silly”(Sasha Grey).This quote relates to the book because traditional roles of men and women were broken by the characters Scout and Jem. Men and women are represented by typical stereotypes and gender roles in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” gender roles play a big part in the development of a lot of the characters. The Biggest example of this is Scout Finch, who is a young girl who must deal with the gender norms and expectations of 1930s Alabama. Throughout the book, Scout gets to see how the social norms are, based on how she’s treated by her brother, her friends, and her father. This essay will show us how Scout navigates through the gender norms of her time.
A stereotype is a widely known saying which reduces someone’s entire identity and puts them into a single category with set characteristics which do not necessarily apply to them. For example, racial stereotyping is seen when individuals from the Middle East are automatically assumed as being terrorists. In addition, gender stereotyping is seen when all women are expected handle all the housework. Within Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the character of Scout is affected by gender stereotypes, because she is constantly being told that she is a girl and is expected to act like so. Additionally, the character of Boo is affected by ableist stereotypes, because the children are highly frightened of his presence in Maycomb.
Jem, Scout, and Dill always stereotype Boo Radley without knowing him or knowing his real story. To explain this example I say people always stereotype people without knowing the person. When a person is walking down the street another person will be stereotyping him or her for religion or race. Another example is when they put Tom Robinson in jail for rapping a white women, but he was innocent. The court won't hear his side they think he is lying because Tom is black.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee’s coming-of-age novel To Kill a Mockingbird details about Scout Finch’s childhood primarily focusing around two objects of interests: Boo Radley and Tom Robinson’s trial. To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the ambivalent nature of humans through Scout’s observation of the events at the time alongside her reflections and assessment of those past events. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird conveys the importance of possessing empathy to understand another person through conflict and symbolism but certain characters lack a degree of realism.
Judging in To KIll A Mockingbird “The black man did it” she said. “Typical”, he said in response. Humans tend to judge others for many reasons. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, it shows a great theme of judging and that you don't really know a person until you have walked around in their shoes.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Mr.Ewell shows prejudice against a black man named Tom Robinson. Prejudice is frequent in the story and it is used on a innocent man. A poor white girl accuses a black man of raping her, which leads to a trial. The residents of Maycomb think black people don’t matter because of their racial superiority complex which comes from slavery. HARPER LEE Harper Lee wrote this because of prejudice back then when she was little.