Hypocrisy In To Kill a Mockingbird Hypocrisy is the "moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess." In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many instances of hypocrisy. Many people, at the time were very prejudiced against African-Americans and as a result there were many hypocrites in the Southern States. Some examples of hypocrisy and hypocrites in the book are Aunt Alexandra, Miss Gates, and Mrs. Merriweather. To begin, Aunt Alexandra is one of the many voices of hypocrisy in the book.
From Mrs. Dubose’s words, the readers are also able to see how even Atticus was insulted just because he defended for a black. In addition, these two classes clearly show how the racist views in Maycomb county is intertwined with the division of the social
"To Kill a Mockingbird" which was written in the year 1960 is widely seen as novel which pushed several boundaries. the portrayal of racial relations at the time of the battle for integration and equal rights, is one that stunned its readers. The book itself being written in the 1960 's yet conveying ideas in the 1920 's, in itself leaves many questions to be asked. The book made headlines in 1993 due to the fact that the government were pushing for censorship of the novel in school due to "stereotyping" of African Americans. "Eric Sundquist believes that "To Kill a Mockingbird" can be read as an allegory of the historical moment of its publication, moving back in time, in order to reflect, from a safe distance, upon the anxieties and racial tensions from the growing momentum of the Civil Rights Movement* and the 1954 court decision of Brown v Board of Education* One can interpret the narration of Atticus ' daughter in such a way that she is the "future hope" of society to move away from a close minded society of racial inequality and unjust penalties.
‘Well, look what we got coming here,’ he called out. ‘Where’re you going, nigger?” (Kidd 31). The book brings attention to the racial slurs, segregation, and all other adversity that people of color faced at this time through characters such as Rosaleen who stood up for what she believed in. In the article ‘Racial Segregation’ , it states “The first Jim Crow laws, imposing racial segregation on railway trains and trams, were enacted in Tennessee in 1875. Other Southern states quickly followed this precedent and soon racial segregation was legally enforced across the South in public facilities such as hospitals, prisons, cemeteries and, perhaps most significantly, in schools.
This book became known as “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. It highlighted the everyday horrors and injustices of slavery. The author Harriet Beecher Stowe took it upon herself to write this call for justice when reading a letter from her sister in Boston. Her sister had wrote of the terrible things she’d seen happen to African Americans during the time of the Fugitive Slave Act. She described “slave catchers prowling the streets, pouncing on African Americans without warning, breaking into their houses, destroying their shops and carrying them off.” (Appleby 290) She also told of white and African American Bostonians who rallied to resist the kidnappers.
Today, we were seeing on the news important topics about colored skin marches like “black lives matter. “ Cops are supposedly killing colored men for “no reason.” Could this be history repeating itself like the 1930- 60’s? To Kill a Mockingbird is a tale of the twists and turns of social norms told from the point of view of a woman looking back at her childhood where she was oblivious to this discrimination. This book created a lot of controversy because it tackled the whole structure of southern society. But what types of segregation were being tackled to cause this much discussion about the book?
Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist group founded in 1866 after the Civil war, raised a terror against blacks and created a huge ‘circle’ that stood against blacks in government. They caused numerous terrorism, which targeted blacks and whites that defended or alignment with freedom of black; moreover, remembered as the most racist group of history. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ portrays the black community’s positive behavior towards white while they suffer from racism and abuse towards them. The novel stands on the weak and encourages changing the viewpoint towards the neglected class. The story of a white lawyer defending the black in court, states indirectly about what we are meant to think about the black community by Harper Lee.
The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee and the article “Scottsboro Boys Trial” both contain controversial court cases. For “To Kill a Mockingbird” a black male named Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. In the “Scottsboro Boys Trial” nine young black men and teenagers are accused of raping two white females named Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. Both cases transpired in the 1930s in Alabama. This is bad for the accused as racism was at an all-time in the 1930s especially in the deep south.
The novel To Kill a MockingBird is about what is happened in the life of Jean Louise Finch aka Scout the Main Character. Throughout the novel To Kill a MockingBird, the author Harper Lee gives the reader insight into haw discrimination about racial, gender, socioeconomic affects the community. To Kill a MockingBird takes place in Maycomb,Alabama. This story takes place in the 1930s.Some main characters in the novel are Atticus Scout and Jem’s father, Scout, Jem, Calpurnia is a black women who takes care of Jem and Scout. In the novel To Kill a MockingBird there is a lot of socioeconomic discrimination.
It is a kind of resistance to inspire themselves and to inspire the readers. As the one who is under oppression, is searching for anything to give him a hope. There are many authors who write about resistance, such as Kathryn Stockett, an American novelist, wrote The Help . Alice Malsenior Walker, an American author and activist, wrote The Color Purple. Nelle Harper Lee, an American novelist, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with the racism she observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.