“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. ’’ -Unknown author Atticus Finch thinks just like what this quote says. The quote relates to the book, because in Maycomb everything one is separated, from skin color to social class.
Atticus is a strong willed man who has been faced with a tough situation. Atticus is a character in Harper Lee’s prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. To Kill A Mockingbird is about the Finches, Scout, Jem, and Atticus. Scout and Jem are Atticus’s children. They all live in the small town Maycomb.
To begin, the reader sees Atticus Finch’s unshakable morals in his fight against racial segregation in Maycomb. Firstly, even though Atticus is given an option to not take Tom Robinson’s case, he still takes it to help him. There are numerous reasons why Atticus Finch is Tom Robinson’s attorney, but, “the main one is, if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up in town, I couldn’t represent the county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee 86). Atticus is stating that he could not live with himself if he did not help and defend an innocent man. This proves that Atticus has unshakable morals and is against racial segregation as he is fighting for a innocent black man who has been wrongfully convicted
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches us about the town of Maycomb County during the late 1930s, where the characters live in isolation and victimization. Through the perspective of a young Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, readers will witness the prejudice that Maycomb produces during times where people face judgement through age, gender, skin colour, and class, their whole lives. Different types of prejudice are present throughout the story and each contribute to how events play out in the small town of Maycomb. Consequently, socially disabling the people who fall victim from living their life comfortably in peace. Boo Radley and his isolation from Maycomb County, the racial aspects of Tom Robinson, and the decision Atticus Finch makes as a lawyer, to defend a black man has all made them fall in the hands of Maycomb’s prejudice ways.
During the 1930’s in the poor town of Maycomb, Alabama, segregation was a way of life. This becomes an even bigger issue when Tom Robinson, and African-American man, accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman. During this part of the novel, Mayella gains and shows her power. Her accusation of rape draws support from most of Maycomb County based on race, class and gender, allowing her to stand stronger and free. Mayella Ewell is indeed powerful when it comes to class, race and gender.
Humans tend to put on outward attitudes in various situations. Whether it results from their insecurities or their responsibilities of protecting somebody, people mask their true emotions and feelings. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, many of the characters hide their true feelings and change their personalities in order to appear strong and in order to conform to society. However, in the poem, “We Wear the Mask,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the narrator and his people, the African Americans, suffer tragedies, such as discrimination and racial hate. Despite this, the people are coerced to keep a positive outward demeanor in order to appear strong and to not allow others to take advantage of them.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird it shows the problems and occurrences of how human inequality and diversity is brought up in the world. Racial comments, prejudice remarks, and judgement are all mentioned in the book. Although, the book is fiction, it brings up real life events that are still happening in the present time. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s in that time anyone and everyone were judged by their life choices, skin color, social class, appearance, etc. Human society then was diverse into large groups of stereotypes.
In To Kill a Mockingbird it states, “‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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’” (Lee 39). To Kill a Mockingbird is set in small town Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, where prejudicism is very high.
Not conforming to society's standards. This is something people have struggled greatly with since the beginning of time. Why does it seem that so often we let what society says is right dictate the way we see the world? Why do we let others viewpoints control our actions? Harper Lee gives the reader a lot of insight into how these issues have been present in our society throughout the years.
In the novel, ‘To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates the small, imaginary town, the Maycomb County, as a place where racism and social inequality happens in the background of 1930s America. Not only the segregation between whites and blacks, but also the poor lived in a harsh state of living. As Scout, the young narrator, tells the story, Lee introduces and highlights the effects of racism and social inequality on the citizens of Maycomb County by using various characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell. Firstly, Harper Lee portrays Boo Radley as a victim of social inequality through adjectives and metaphor in the phrase, “There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten;” ‘Long jagged scar that ran across his face’ tells us that Boo Radley has stereotype about his appearance, which forces to imagine Boo as a scary and threatening person. The phrase, ‘yellow and rotten’ make the readers think as if Boo Radley is poor and low in a social hierarchy, as he cannot afford to brush his teeth.