I'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you." That shows that he believes good wins over evil. Looking at Atticus we can see that he is not held back by the conventions of racism and prejudice, he is trying to live and guide his children to be fair and loving towards
When people around the town found out that Atticus was going to help Tom Robinson in court, they began to call him racist names and to disrespect him as if he was African American. The children of Atticus were verbally abused, being called names as their father was. “That evening a mob went to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson, and it looked as if they would toss Atticus aside if they had to.” (Lee, 278). Right after Tom Robinson’s trial as he was in jail, a mop came and tried to kill him.
At the court, Atticus ask questions many times to Mayella Ewell what was really happened but Atticus didn’t believe what she says. More than that, Atticus ask question to Tom Robinson, and Atticus believe what he said. This makes Bob Ewell really angry and he said “nigger lover”. That's why in the movie, there was a scene where Bob Ewell comes up to Atticus, and ask him why he believes what Tom Robinson said, but not what Mayella said. Atticus replies, “I will do the best I could to defend Tom Robinson” and that’s why people who believed white is better started to get pissed
He realizes that the word nigger, was hostile to the blacks during this period of time. Atticus demonstrates an appreciation and decency which was exceptionally uncommon of a wealthy white male in the south. The blacks, as a majority, live in the part of town known as the bad side, or the "slums." Even if a black person had the money, they wouldn't have bought a house in a high society neighborhood like the Finches. Blacks were viewed as unsanitary, making their presence undesirable to white home owners.
By being fair to everyone Atticus meets, he shows his children how to be intelligent, well rounded people. In the town where Atticus and his children live, the town is clearly cut in half between black people and white people. Scout and Jem do pick up on the racism around the town, but Atticus teaches them what’s right and what’s wrong. When Scout asks Atticus if he’s a ‘nigger lover’ he responds with "I certainly am.
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
The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
One always seeks to be equal with everyone, no matter who they are, but some people make others feel inferior. When a rich white man compares himself to a poor white man or a white man to a black man and one will assume they’re better. Primarily, the day after the trial Mr. Ewell confronts Atticus and spits in his face, and says, “Too proud to fight, you n~-lovin’ b~” (291)? Atticus could have responded in an impudent manner, but he decided on deserting the situation. This shows even people of the same color treat the other person as if they were an animal.
He feels hatred towards him because he defended a black man in court. Atticus says to his son, “ There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Author, Harper Lee writes this to show that hatred is a common thing in society but you must keep that emotion to yourself.
Atticus accepted the fact that whites think they are superior to the niggers, but doesn’t approve. He thinks that just like the whites, blacks have rights of worthy education and have equivalent rights as a white person. As he said, he’ll do his best to love anyone and
Francis disrespects Atticus by expressing the opinion of his superior. Scout, Atticus, Jem, and Jack go to Finch’s Landing. Scout and her cousin Francis go outside to play after Christmas dinner. Francis was telling Scout what his grandma says, when he said, “ Grandma says it’s bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a n***** lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He’s ruinin’ the family
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”(Lee 30). These are the words of Atticus Finch, the wisest character in the famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a fictional man that embodies human traits that all people should strive to emulate. In the novel; narrated by Atticus’ daughter Jean Louise Finch, more often referred to as Scout; Atticus defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white female, Mayella Ewell. The main message of the text is the prominence of racial injustice, specifically in the 1930’s, the era the novel takes place in.
Racism in America Racism can be defined as a major problem in United States history, and can be dated back to the 1400’s. Racism can be viewed and defined in many ways, but most accurately is seen as the state of characterizing an individual based on his race, and or believing that one race is superior to another (Shah) . Racism is as big of a problem in the USA as anyone can think, starting way back to when the country had just began to form, when Europeans started settling into the 13 original colonies (Shah). Ever since then, it seems that the problem has only been on the rise, rather than the opposite. Racism has always been a major issue, although hundreds of years have passed since the birth of racism, the problem just seems to never go away.
For a long time values like that existed. The majority of people divided because it was not right to mix. As unfair as it sounds these things occurred many time throughout the story which lead to tension between the classes. Throughout the story there are many examples of division. Not only did society divide by color but also by economics.