Racism In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Q: Discuss how and why Atticus challenges the dominant attitudes and values of the time. Back in the 1930s, racism was not abnormal in the society. In fact, racism often happened in America in the 1930s. The white people would always rule over the people of colour, known as African Americans. The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” consisted of many discriminatory remarks against others, which would not be accepted anymore in the 21st century. However, Atticus is fully against discrimination and follows the principle of justice. Atticus challenges discrimination and injustice of the 1930s in America. Many supportive pieces of evidence show this. He defends innocent people and allows Scout to be herself. On top of that, Atticus is also sympathetic and understanding towards poor people. In this novel, Lee conveys to her readers that Atticus is the real defender and hero of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Lee decided upon making Atticus an attorney for a case that could be conveying the theme of racism, which the two main suspects were Tom Robinson, an innocent man of colour, against Bob Ewell, a white racist. As the case unfolds, Atticus hears upon different witnesses and has decided to follow the lead of Tom Robinson, even though he is the supportive attorney of Tom Robinson, the reason being Mr Ewell either lying or is very hesitant about a question at different points of time. When Mr Ewell wrote his name, he wrote it with his left hand. When the judge had said, “You’re
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