Twain used the "N" word 219 times throughout the novel, which some people thought it got in the story 's message against slavery; but others, thought Twain perfectly captured the way people talked back then. Some believe it is inherently racist altogether. Well, not Ernest Hemingway, poet T.S. Elliot, or even African American novelist Ralph Ellison. They believe Twain 's satire is a powerful attack on racism, which is different from what the NAACP believes-- that the book is inherently racist (Rush 2002).
But going through time, education started becoming a weapon that feared the white man. Following into the 19th century, nothing has changed for education. African-Americans being harassed and beaten for trying to better themselves, don’t matter where you go or hide, racism was still creeping up on you. Imagine having the door shut on you for the simple fact you’re not the skin of chalk. Believing you’re useless cause “you don’t belong here.” But in a good perspective, you can truly admire Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X.
Though Nancy is responsible for allowing an innocent to be hurt without interference, she does not apologize or allow the incident to improve her character. Nancy’s involvement in personally bullying the victim, Mattie, is minimal, but she allows others to do so without intervening. After seeing the effect this has on Mattie, she does not apologize, but justifies to herself why she did not discourage her friends from bullying. Rationalizing, she thinks “… A person would have to be crazy to toss aside the best crowd in the school, ” (Howland, 84). Instead of taking responsibility for her lack of interference and then apologizing, she decides that complying with the crowd was just.
She wears bangs and overalls, which is unusual. The conventional way to dress for a girl was very different from the way Scout dresses, which is why her choice of attire is often frowned upon, but she insists that she “could do nothing in a dress”(p.90) When she mentions that, she gets the response that she “wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants.” One of the reasons why Scout is different from the other girls is because of the way she was raised. Her mother died when she was only two years old, so she didn’t have a big influence in Scout’s life. The remaining female influences Scout had in her life were their cook Calpurnia and her neighbours. Her father Atticus didn’t raise her with the goal to make her the perfect lady, but tried to teach her to use her mind and have empathy with others.
Instead, Sylvia stays silent when asked, not wanting Miss Moore to know she has learned something. Sylvia will never admit it; she’s too stubborn. Not only does Sylvia not want to admit she learned a lesson, she doesn’t want her friends admitting it as well. As Sugar starts answering Miss Moore’s question, Sylvia “[stands] on her foot so she don’t continue” (Bambara 5). Sylvia does not want Miss Moore to believe she is right and her teachings are effective.
To Kill a Mockingbird The title of To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t significant to a lot of people who read or hear about the book, but when you uncover the true meaning behind the title, the book 's events make much more sense. To Kill a Mockingbird’s connection from the title to the rest of the books is shown when Tom Robinson is convicted for something he didn 't do, what Jem thinks about innocence, and what Scout thinks of Boo Radley. References to the essence of the mockingbird are spread throughout the book, showing that when the innocent are accused bad things will happen. During the trial, lots of tension between the black and white community arose. Miss Maudie was one of the first people to explain to the kids how wrong the trial was
Although he wrote the novel in the 1880s, Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, still remains a controversy today because of Twain’s use of the “N-word.” Why does Twain use the word “nigger” over 100 times in his novel? What impact is he trying to create by using this derogatory term? Although a multitude number of schools banned Twain’s novel because of the use of the derogatory “term,” Mark Twain’s utilization of the “n-word” satirizes the white American society in the 1880s by reminding his readers that racism was considered a social norm and illustrates how much society attained in terms of racism and discrimination from when slavery was prominent. Furthermore, Twain utilizes the “n-word” because it is his work of literature and changing his words deprives the reader of its purpose and is considered to be a form of censorship. Although President Lincoln abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the existence of slavery still continued to play a factor during the 1880s when freed slaves tried to assimilate into society.
In the beginning of the novel, Scout’s view of gender is abstract and she is not yet concretely aware of the societal role she is expected to fulfill. She plays rough, and isn’t concerned with femininity. Her Aunt Alexandra insists on staying with the Finch family in order to teach Scout to
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch employs pathos and diction in his closing argument to the jury and the people of Maycomb in order to persuade them to see beyond their prejudice and free Tom Robinson. Atticus informs the jury about the evil assumptions that society makes about Negroes. Pathos is used to persuade the jury when Atticus says, “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 273). In saying this, Atticus tries to convince the audience and jury that everyone is capable of making mistakes, and differences in appearance does not mean that groups of people are superior to others.
She learns this from Atticus in a couple of ways. One way is when Atticus tells Scout not to judge Miss Caroline. Scout is very angry with Miss Caroline and thinks she is a mean, prissy person. Scout is told to walk around in Miss Caroline’s skin to see where she is coming from. Even though she doesn’t necessarily understand it, she later learns that she shouldn’t judge people so quickly, and applies it when she meets a new person.