Racial Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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The Effect Of Racial Prejudice And Inequality “It’s like being a caterpillar in a cocoon… Like somethin’ asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world.” To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was written in Montgomery, Alabama Maycomb county. The story Scout’s maturation which tends to depict main characters who take large step in personal growth due to life lesson or specific trauma, Scout Finch work to come to terms with the facts of her society, including social inequality, racial inequality and expectation to act as a “proper southern lady”. Through observing their society and interacting with people like Tom Robinson and Boo Radley they come to understand more about true bravery, cowardice and humanity. Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird to demonstrate the theme that racism instigates an unjust society and a loss of innocence. Firstly, Harper Lee uses Jem Finch to show lost of innocence in the presence of inequality. After Tom Robinson’s conviction, Jem said to his father, “Atticus, said Jem bleakly...How could they do it, how could they?” (page 285) Jem is confused about the optimum of Tom’s conviction. It is his first time to see grownups make a wrong decision because of inequality. It is…show more content…
At the court Mayella Ewell is call as witness “Mayella pointed to Tom Robinson.. I said come here, niger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I got a nickel for you. He coulda done it easy enough, he could. So he came in the yard an’ I went in the house to get him the nickel and I turned around an ‘fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me he did.” (page 241) Mayella’s dad Bob Ewell accuse Tom of rapping his daughter, when all Tom did was try to help fix her door hinges. She lures him in the house and tries to kiss
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