These laws existed in order to tell the African Americans what they could and could not do. People believed that even God believed in their segregation and that black people were born to be servants to the whites. People believed that black people were cursed but the white people were blessed. “Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens”(What was Jim Crow). Some of the Jim Crow laws include: a black man cannot shake hands with a white man since this shows social equality, white motorists have the right-of-way at any intersection, and never dispute dishonorable intentions with a white person.
To Kill a Mockingbird has many themes that can affect and relate to any readers. Although the novel is around sixty years old, its important messages still impact readers today. The novel is based on the childhood memories of Harper Lee, the author, during the times of the Civil Rights. In To Kill a Mockingbird the main characters Scout, Jem, and Atticus are greatly affected by the racism going on around them and it shapes them to go against society 's norm, while also informing and inspiring all readers in a variety of ways. First, To Kill a Mockingbird is an informational novel, that could not had been so accurately written if the author, Harper Lee have not lived through those times herself.
It portrays African American people as bystanders who do nothing and don’t speak up for themselves, which is something historically inaccurate. Not only were African Americans involved in Civil Rights, African Americans were the Civil Rights activists. To Kill a Mockingbird wrongfully ignores the brave and inspiring African American Civil Rights activists, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The book almost “erases” history, and paints a false picture of the past by depicting a white savior. As Isaac Staney states in his article, “The Case Against To Kill a Mockingbird”, “...To Kill a Mockingbird gives no inkling of this mass protest and instead creates an indelible impression that the entire Black community existed in a complete state of paralysis.” The main metaphor of the book is that African Americans are similar to mockingbirds, but the way that Miss Maudie, Scout’s neighbor, describes mockingbirds paints African American people into something they’re not: “‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.
This novel illustrates horrific events of Jews, in particular, being segregated from the rest of the world because of their ethnicity. To kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a novel that took place around the Great Depression. It demonstrates a symbol of dehumanization and is filled with a town full of racism and segregation. The Universal
To Kill A Mockingbird reinforced my opinion that one should always stand up for what they believe in despite what anyone else may think. Furthermore, it emphasized my belief of “not everyone appears as they seem, or seems as they appear," this was cemented through the case of Boo Radley. Moreover, it reiterated my belief of not believing in gossip or in the words of Marcus Aurelius, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is perspective, not the truth”. This was again highlighted through the case of Boo Radley and the gossip the children heard and originally believed about
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates how racial injustice has a lasting impact on an individual and his loved ones when Tom Robinson gets convicted of a heinous crime that he did not commit. Racial injustice had an impact on Tom Robinson because he was stripped of his life and his freedom due to a racist group of individuals deciding his fate. Tom Robinson was walking home from town one day when Mayella Ewell, a troubled white girl, called him into her yard to offer him a nickel to complete a chore. Robinson complies and begins working. Ewell, who is desperate for attention, tries to lure Robinson into sexual behavior.
Jim Crow Laws ,Scottsboro Trial, and African American Church Burning inspired Harper Lee to write her book. Jim Crow Laws helped us understand how racism was back in 1900s in Maycomb Alabama. It showed us how black people always had to be lower than white people. For an example, it showed how black people
To kill a mockingbird is based on the racial tension and inequality that existed and poisoned the minds of the pre-1970 generations. The author, Harper Lee, was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. The novel was originaly copyrighted in 1960 buts was renewed in 1988. The publisher of the book is Harper Perennial Modern classics which is an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. To Kill A Mockingbird is primarily a southern gothic type of novel in the sense that it takes place in the south and explores both dark and comedic elements.
This is why the Jim Crow Laws were named, the way they are. The populist group co-operated with the poor whites to help the blacks, but that then ended up leading to the Jim Crow laws. The Jim Crow laws were made to keep people natural and calm( Alexander 30-35). The populist thought that they were doing something was right,but ended leading up to the Jim Crow Laws.The people thought that the laws were going to make everyone calm and peaceful, but it made people of race mad and some whites mad. “ By the late 1870s, “Jim Crow” laws were reappearing throughout the South and North, separating people by race transportation, housing, public accommodations, education, and nearly every other sphene of society” (Wright 372).