Why? A mockingbird represents something innocent, and to kill something innocent is a sin. The book To Kill A Mockingbird is a great example of this; because it is taken place in the deep south where the racism caused many black to suffer only because of their race. Manying blacks are like mockingbirds which were usually innocent but falsely accused and harmed (like Tom Robinson). Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley.
Literacy Analysis It is wrong to judge someone by what they do or by their beliefs. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Gates shows her opinion about Hitler and his beliefs when she is talking to the class. Miss Gates said, “There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me” (Lee 245). Miss Gates judges Hitler by what he does to the Jews even though it is part of what he believes. In seeing her opinion about Hitler, we see how often we judge people by what they do just because we wouldn’t do it ourselves.
She shows this through an African American character named Tom Robinson, his representative, Atticus Finch and the happenings of his trial. In the book, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson to convey how racial discrimination is used in the supreme court. Just because of Tom’s complexion, he was put in jail and killed for a crime he did not commit. Lee really conveys the theme of how Tom was heavily discriminated against just due to his skin complexion. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch talks about higher white power.
She points out how “children learn in social-studies class and in the news of lynching of blacks, denial of women rights, the murder of gay men.” How can unity and “crown thy good with brotherhood” be erudite and proficient when all that is being imparted in them is detestation and failures are being rewarded as success? In spite America’s differences, Quindlen reflects on the Arab and Jewish cabbies chauffeuring each other. Despite the fact that in their own country as well as in other countries, the two groups despise one another and are constantly at war, Quindlen exemplifies how they maintain their beliefs yet put aside their differences to obtain a better life in America. Furthermore, she explains that there are no variances between the older immigrants than the ones of today. They all have worked hard, some in Ma & Pa stores to obtain the American dream of having a better life in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Aunt Alexandra is stubborn and says Scout cannot invite or spend time with Walter because quote on quote “he is trash”. The scene ends with Jem explaining how the class system works in Maycomb, the whites(The Finches), the farmers(The Cunninghams) in the woods, the trash(the Ewells) who live in the dumps, and the african americans(First Purchase Church), and each class looks down upon the one below it. This scene in the book shows that regardless of how nice,kind,loyal, and respectful the cunninghams are they aren't treated equally just because of their class. In conclusion, Walter is a character in To Kill a Mockingbird who is discriminated against. He is discriminated by teachers like Miss Caroline, by his friends like Scout, and even adults like Aunt Alexandra just because of his class.
Stereotyping is some kind of belief adopted about a group of individuals that usually is not true. This is shown in To Kill a Mockingbird in is the belief that all whites are superior to blacks. This is shown in the quote: “’Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—‘ ‘You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?’ Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling.” (Lee 264). The prosecutor attempting to convict Tom Robinson, Mr. Gilmer, essentially finds that Tom put himself above Mayella by a saying he was sorry for her.
They are what is considered "poor white trash". The only lower class in the town were the African American people living in the town. This ties in to racial discrimination that leads to unfair society because tom Robinson is a black man that is accused of raping Mayella Ewell even though evidence contradicts he ever committed the crime. He was found guilty due to the fact he is a black man and it’s his word against a white man’s word this is an unfair society because the people of Maycomb county had to side with the Ewells even though Tom Robinson is innocent because the Ewells are white. Furthermore, this ties in with the quote that jack said “The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinsons word over the Ewells” (Lee.
Firstly a great example of irony would be Miss Gates. Miss Gates plays the role of scouts teacher in to kill a mocking bird, she lectures her students on Hitler’s doings and how persecuted millions of Jews. She says she doesn’t understand what the Jews did to Hitler that gave him the right to slaughter and persecute them. Miss Gates vilifies Hitler for targeting one ethnic group and compares the American society with Germanys. “Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody.
Throughout Go Set A Watchman, Scout exhibits an ambitious and driven personality in comparison to her lack of social graces and naive character in To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout in Go Set A Watchman does what she deems is the right thing to do, even if society doesn’t view it as so. Scout displays this when she visits Calpurnia, her former nanny. During Scout’s visit home from New York, she gets word that Calpurnia’s son, Zeebo, has been accused of striking and murdering a white man while driving. This is very unnerving to Scout since Zeebo is a man of color and she is familiar with how people will view him in a court of law.
In this scenario, they also believed that Jefferson was rightfully charged and made crude, prejudice remarks when discussed. “Should have burned him months ago. I’d pull the switch myself, they ask me” (198). However, Grant’s family cautiously came to be accepting of Vivian when she refers to herself while explaining that not all people of mixed race hate African Americans. Evidence of racism towards African Americans in the mixed community is demonstrated when Vivian was outcasted by her family for marrying an African American man, “Her family had nothing to say to her husband and hardly anything to say to her” (112).