How Does Lee Present Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Numerous people prove their points through other things such as books, songs, etc., so they could be heard by others. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a great example, considering the story’s plot and the many characters that represent it. Harper Lee wrote about was racism and how it affected people, using symbolism to help readers know what racism was like in the country back then so it wouldn’t happen again in the future. The idea of racism is in the whole book. Several people didn’t consider the colored people as humans. The whites would call the colored people certain names and if any white people interacted with them, they would be despised. Francis kept telling Scout that Atticus will ruin their family’s reputation, because he’s defending a colored man who was accused of raping a white woman. However, these were Francis’s exact words, “’…Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a n****r-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin’.” (page 110) Jem and Scout always kept being told that their father loved…show more content…
Atticus tells Jem, “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life,” as well as saying, “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance.” (page 295). He explains that this is how things are, and that whites would always have more rights than colored. Atticus explains his opinions about racism and how easily a white could take advantage of a colored person who has done nothing wrong. Through him Harper Lee has shown how racism could be used to affect
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