Race Relations In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Despite the dedication of atticus finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the evidence, and a moving courtroom speech, Tom Robinson is convicted of a crime that he did not commit. This jury ruling causes both those who were involved in Robinson’s conviction and those who were convinced of his innocence to question justice and fairness.
The racial concerns that Harper Lee addresses in To Kill a Mockingbird began long before her story starts and continued long after. In order to read through the layers of interest that Lee exposes in her novel, the reader needs to understand the complex history of race relations in the South.Judgment on the race is an ongoing occurrence through the story and terrible events happened because of it like ” there's a black
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Atticus is brave to defend a black man in the face of criticism and threats of violence. He also is brave in the face of danger, both when he kills the rabid dog with a single shot and when facing the mob of men outside the jailhouse. Atticus urges Scout to be brave and prevent herself from fighting those who criticize her or her family. To Atticus, withholding violence is one of the highest forms of bravery.As people wait he calmly sits outside the jail telling them to “ turn around and go home”. (203)The children believe themselves to be brave when approaching the Radley house early in the book, but learn later on that this was false bravery, and in fact, silly. Atticus holds up Mrs. Dubose as the ultimate definition of bravery, as she finds against her morphine addiction in order to be free from it before she dies, even when she knows she will die in the process. With extreme determination Atticus fights for truth and Justice through “ 100 Years of hardship to try to win”…show more content…
Clearly, Atticus understands the faults of the educational system, but also knows it is necessary for his children to pass through this system to be a part of society. Just because he wasn't a school boy does it mean he wasn't able to be successful he just wasn't successful at school “ the reminder of my school days were more auspicious than the others” (36). However, his teaching at home, both morally and otherwise, is far more valuable to his children than anything they learn in the classroom. Scout notices this most obviously when learning about the Holocaust. Her teacher explains that such oppression of one group of people could never happen in the United States and Scout is astonished.With cooperation Atticus taught Scout how to read instead of school so “ Miss Caroline told me to tell my father not to teach me anymore”.
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