Social inequalities are the major problems with society and in To Kill a Mockingbird. The mental health, racism, and poor people are all things treated differently everywhere. It's kind of scary that things that happened in the 60s are still happening again. If we can change thing now maybe people in the future won't have the same problems and they will help each other instead of harm. As Atticus said "You never really understand someone a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of skin and walk around in it." (pg 39,
Have you ever witnessed a case of racial and social inequality? In a perfect world, there would be true racial, social equality, where everyone would be respected as a person, no matter their gender, race, or social class. However, this perfect world does not exist. America, or any other country in this world, will never truly achieve racial and social equality. There is too much hate and too vast of a difference, for people to accept each other. There is a cultural difference that can spark conflict, and be offensive for different people. Many judgements take place on what people have heard about, on the radio. Even today, all the terrorist attacks that sliver of people blinded by prejudice for so long, it is normal for thinking for them.
This book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is all about racism. There is one character that fights for equality, Atticus Finch. Atticus represents the desire for fairness. He proves some of it in his speech he gives at the courtroom. An example/quote, of his desire for equality is this quote, “…Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as a sound as it jury, and a jury is only as a sound as the men who make it up….” (Lee 274). This quote explains a reason, Atticus did help a black man in front of many. If he did not want things to be equal, then why he would help him in the first place. Another example Atticus said, “A nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don 't mean anything—like
Race is the dominant cause of inequality in To Kill A Mockingbird, thus Maycomb’s views on race heavily influence every aspect of life. Although racial inequality is clearly illustrated in the in the injustice, prejudice, discrimination and antagonism surrounding the Tom Robinson trial, it is also shown more subtly throughout the novel. In Chapter 25 Atticus Finch is quoted disclosing that the corrupt justice system is a direct cause of a racist society. “In our courts, when it 's a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (Lee, 295). To emphasize, on the same occasion Atticus attempts to explain to his
A quote from the novel that supports this theory is, “Lula stopped, but she said, “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here--they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Call?” (Lee page 158). This quote explains how segregated the county of Maycomb is. Lula explains that Jem and Scout cannot be there because they are white, and that they have their own church. However, the segregation of this county does make sense because of the enactment of Jim Crow laws. People of color and non- people of color had to use separate facilities. A person of color was not welcome to an all-white facility, and vice versa. Another quote that shows the effects of unfair treatment that racism provides is, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women--black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.” (Lee page 273). This quote was said by Atticus, during the time of Tom Robinson’s trial for the accusation that he raped Mayella Ewell. This quote is significant because Atticus is saying that not all people are bad, and that accusations like this should not be placed solely on one race; everyone has their flaws, and it is unfair to make such accusations based on the color of a person’s skin.
An example of racism can be found in chapter 12 is when Lula is making fun of Jem and scout because they are white people in a black church. “‘I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to a nigger church.’” (Lee 158). Lula doesn’t like white people an obviously doesn’t want them at the black church. Lula is racist and doesn’t white people and is racist to them just like they are to blacks. Another example is when Mrs. Dubose was saying mean thing about negroes and Atticus. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135). Although there are more examples of racism, these are just some of them.
There are many times when racial discrimination is shown in the novel, like when Calpurnia takes Scout and Jem to her church and Lula tells them many times that she has no business bringin white children to a black church. “You ain’t got no business bringin white chillun here they got their church we got our’n (Lee 158). This is just one of the many examples of this in To Kill a Mockingbird. Racial discrimination was also shown when Scout wants to go visit Calpurnia but Aunt Alexandra quickly tells her no and that she has no business going over there. “Atticus. I’ll go next Sunday if it’s all right can I Cal said she’d come get me if you were off in the car You may not Aunt Alexandra said it. I wheeled around, startled,
Racism, Poverty, and Domestic violence is an example of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Racism is a way of discrimination between different colored people. In this book the person that represents racism Aunt Alexandra. She discriminates Calpurnia do to her skin color, and race. Poverty is to be very poor. In this book, the Cunningham’s and the Ewells represent poverty because they are very poor, therefore, they have to do many things for their families. The last thing that is an example of this book is domestic violence. Mayella Ewell is the main character that represents this because she was “beaten” by Tom Robinson in her accusation.
Life is overfilled with messages, like weeds in a sea in unmaintained grass. Whether it’s warning a person, or pointing out a flaw; these little lessons are there to further grow the positive parts of that person’s personality. A simple demonstration of this is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An old, children’s book serving no meaningingful purpose is what it may seem, nevertheless, it actually is a novel that offers a unique outtake on all aspects of human life. In the book, two children Jem and Scout, who learn about equality, racism, and social class through court cases, tea parties and more. The story offers many ideals, whether to improve upon something that is exist, or throw a new concept into the the air with various techniques,
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that social inequality breaks down a society through the use of conflict, symbolism and irony. Social inequality plays a pivotal role in the novel because the whole conflict between Bob and Tom is wrapped in it. From the first accusation to the final conviction inequality is intertwined in every paragraph, every word. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that stands the test of time because while our society has made improvements, inequality will never truly go away. This novel displays characters you relate to, ones you despise, and all that you fall in love with. People love this book for a plethora of reasons, but the main reason I come to find is the wisdom laced into every theme, and quotes that will send you deep
and oblivious to the racial injustices that were prevalent in the town of which she lived.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee explores many social issues such as prejudice and inequality. Prejudice against Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley is a strong example of this as he is constantly treated unfairly by the people of Maycomb although he is an innocent man. A slightly unnoticeable form of inequality is the social hierarchy constructed by Maycomb. This segregates the white people from the black people and differentiates the social classes within the races. Finally, the most evident example of prejudice within the novel is Tom Robinson’ trial. Due to his skin colour, he is wrongly convicted of raping a white girl and his lawyer, the well–respected Atticus Finch, also faces consequences for helping a black man. These examples are typical
Throughout the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, Lee expresses inequality between people often causes people to judge one another. Scout, the main character, is a strong opinionated, young girl, with many thoughts on other characters throughout the book. An important theme that develops throughout the novel is inequality often causes judgement between people who aren’t acquainted, when the inequality is based on what someone heard about another person.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, racial prejudice is evident throughout the novel. An example is when Calpurnia offers to take Scout and Jem to her church because they didn’t have anything else to do. Scout and Jem say yes, they are excited. When they arrive, a woman named Lula says, “‘You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here--they got their church, we got our’n…’” (Lee 136).