It represents the innocent who were injured through contact with evil. Dolphus Raymond is identified as a mockingbird, and in his case, the prejudice that Raymond receives throughout Maycomb is his contact with evil. Raymond is constantly ridiculed for his lifestyle that is deemed unfit when it comes to Maycomb’s society. Raymond’s relations with African-Americans are looked down upon and prejudiced, but he does not let that overcome him. Instead, he learns to tolerate it by feigning alcoholism and tries to explain it to the children: “‘I try to give ‘em a reason, you see.
She teaches the children that the town does not “believe in persecuting anybody” (Lee 329) because of the U.S. democratic government. Gates then goes on to share how “there are no better people in the world than Jews” (Lee 329), and it is beyond her comprehension to know why Hitler could commit acts against them. The irony lies in her blindness to the similar oppression happening in her home town. The children are taught that Hitler is a monster for his anti semitic actions in Germany; meanwhile, African Americans are forced to face daily suppression in Maycomb County. Both groups have stereotypes that cause others to perceive them as
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates that the world is surrounded with good and evil. Scout, Jem and Dill all start innocent, but when they become aware of the evil from the adult world, it forces them to mature quickly. It makes them realize the truth about life, being that there's good, but also evil. Harper Lee uses prejudices in To Kill A Mockingbird to show the evil in life. She shows this through women not being allowed to take part of the jury, people being judged on their social class or their different lifestyle but the most prominent is racism since the jury convicts Tom for a crime he didn't commit just because he was black.
The insane woman highlights the Jews disgust towards the somewhat inevitable insanity they face. As a result of a constant exposure to brutality, Elie nearly forgets the existence of a standard of humanity, since even the smallest acts of kindness are”judged too humane” (44). As Elie’s situation disintegrates from the stable Sighet to the Nazi concentration camp, he develops
This relates to the theme of jealousy because Mr. Putnam is so jealous of other people’s land that he accuses them of witchcraft so they lose their belongings, and he can take it. In addition, Ann Putnam is Very jealous of Rebecca Nurse. Ann Putnam thinks she is cured because she has lost so many children and Rebecca Nurse has so many. Mrs. Putnam is telling the jury “You think it God’s work you should never lose a child, nor a grandchild either, and I burry all but one?” (Miller, 152) Ann is so jealous that she accuses goody nurse of witchcraft because she thinks Mrs. Putnam put a spell on her not to have kids. Mr. Putnam later says “When Reverend Hale comes; you will proceed to look for signs of witchcraft here.” (Miller, 152) As Arthur Miller reminded you, you can see jealousy is one of the worst emotions out there bringing the worst out of people?
Ruth lived a very sad life with her father, she admire the Black folks they were poor but they appeared happy. Ruth states, “If there was one thing Tateh didn’t like more than gentiles, it was black folks”(McBride 107). Tateh hated black folks so much that after Ruth married Dennis James’ father a black man, he disowned her. Keeping that a secret was better off for her kids but James wanted to know where was his mother from, who was her family, so James went to Suffolk, Virginia where his mother was raised. To find out that his grandfather was a racist, horrible person.
In a racially charged atmosphere, “white trash” Mayella Ewell ignores the morality and conventions of the community, and makes a sexual advance on Tom Robinson. When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
“I denounce these proceedings I quit this court”. This quote, said by Reverend Hale from The Crucible, Reflects Hales personality. He said it at the end of the court trial when judge Hathorne convicted John Proctor for the crimes of witchcraft. Reverend Hale was angered that the court believed the absurd accusations made by the girls and left the court sickened by the unfair trial. He felt guilty about contributing towards the trials and their outcome.
“Francis rose and sprinted down the catwalk to the old kitchen. At a safe distance he called, “He’s nothin‘ but a nigger-lover!”(Lee 110). In this quote it shows how Francis is being racist and mean to Atticus and Tom Robinson. He is being racist to Tom because he is black and he is being mean to Atticus is because he is backing up Tom Robinson and Francis is calling Atticus a nigger-lover. Another person who is racist in the novel is known as Mrs.Dubose and she is racist towards black people as well.
Early within the story, Morrison sets the tone by having Claudia describe the way they are treated: “When we trip and fall down they glance at us; if we cut or bruise ourselves, they ask us are we crazy. When we catch colds, they shake their heads in disgust at our lack of consideration” (Morrison 10). This white treatment towards African Americans continues throughout the story and the sincerity of its depiction concludes that Morrison is most likely projecting personal experiences. Pecola wants to buy candy from a store but immediately receives a disgusted look and ill-treatment from the owner (Morrison 48-49). This racism not only perpetuates the divisions in society but also strengthens the inferiority blacks feel.