In the 1900's, racism was a big issue all over the world. As a result alot of people were treated poorly and it created injustice. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many characters such as Tom Robinson, Scout and Jem and Dolphus Raymond are highly exposed to the racism in their town. This decreases the quality of life for them. Tom Robinson is an innocent black man, however, due to the racial tension in Maycomb, he is found guilty for a crime he has not committed.
Bullying, Prejudice and social injustice are all forms of racism that blinds people from seeing who a person really is (based upon their skin color). Nowadays these forms of racism are used to create an intimidating atmosphere for the people who are affected by it the most. Some of the reactions to this are suicide, murder and the thirst for vengeance. In contrast, many people fall into deep depressions and let a racist comment haunt them forever and change the pathway of their lives. The rights of the Scottsboro Boys were completely ignored and all of the whites in the court stared down each and everyone one of them with absolute hatred and intolerance.
There are a lot of people who are to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death but the most obvious one is Tybalt. Tybalt was lady Capulet’s nephew and Juliet’s cousin. Tybalt was also a troublemaker and hated the Montagues. To support that, “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them.
These two villains slander Othello to the point of eradicating any pity the audience could have developed towards Othello. The Venetians also have a hidden fascination for Othello and his foreign qualities but, they mask feelings with negative slurs. The audience also affected by the portrayal of Othello, and are persuaded to feel pity for him because of his circumstances; being betrayed by his ensign and being looked down upon because of his Moorish descent. Shakespeare also uses racism as a creative apparatus to generate a metaphor between Desdemona and Othello.
When people of one race believe themselves to be superior to those of another, only catastrophe can result. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, racism was extremely prevalent, and white supremacy was much more pronounced. In William Shakespeare’s play Othello, both covert and overt racism, assimilation, and jealous dispositions all foreshadow the untimely death of Desdemona and Othello. Most characters in Othello display both covert racism and overt racism towards Othello.
The first example of these fights is between the greasers and the Socs. Both classes disliked each other, just because of prejudice. The greasers assumed that all Socs were condescending, egocentric, and gaudy, and all the Socs identified the greasers as dangerous hoods. Therefore, lots of Socs would jump the greasers and vice versa. The next example of prejudice and hate is the fact that Ponyboy hates all guys with green eyes (page 1, chapter 1) only because he associates green eyes with Socs.
The first being the racist words they use to describe black people. Saying that Nathan Radley scared the black man pale is extremely racist and offensive, lastly, they equate black people to animals. This theme is seen in many ways throughout Maycomb, some are open and blatant and others are more hidden. Racism is a recurring theme and is the main reason for all the negative events that happen in this
Racism showed in many different forms during Griffin social experiment. There was the hate stare, which Griffin described as, “You feel lost, sick at heart before such unmasked hatred, not so much because it threatens you as because it shows humans in such an inhuman light (52).” Another form was that blacks were denied the same basic privileges as whites, which Griffin encountered multiple times on his journey. Blacks were denied: jobs (38, 99 – 101), goods and services (49), and bathrooms (60 – 62, 85 – 86). And another form of racism is ignorance.
Between 1885 and 1915, racism was rampant in America. White supremacy was the popular view of the time, and African-Americans were deemed ignorant and inferior. This dark era of American history was oppressive for the poor, uneducated Africans attempting to peacefully coexist and recover from their prior years of slavery. However, many issues during this time proved to be substantial roadblocks on the way to racial equality. Relations between the Africans and Caucasians were incredibly negative; blacks were victims of constant discrimination and abuse.
Double Entry Journal “ ‘… the evil assumption- that all Negroes lie , that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not trusted around our women, an assumption that one associates with minds of their calibre.’ ” (Lee 232). What I think Harper Lee creates Aunt Alexandra’s prejudice towards other social groups, and Maycomb’s prejudice towards African-Americans to illustrate the bias opinions of others, and the impact that they have on the town’s southern society throughout the 1930’s.
The negative characters really shaped the story, if there were no negatives and this was the perfect utopia they wanted to create then this would have never happened. The most enjoyful part of the play is that Arthur Miller wrote this because he could relate this to a real life situation with the red scare, kind of how society can relate to this today with some people accusing most of the Islam religion of being
The Evils of racism are one of the most important themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. In Maycomb County a big portion of the population are all racist people. Miss Stephanie Crawford said “ Next time he won 't aim high, be it dog, nigger, or Jem Finch!” (Lee 72) This tells us that people like Miss Stephanie Crawford compare the black people to dogs.
He lost a case because of a racist jury and lost his freedom and life along with it. To begin with, Tom Robinson is affected by racism because he is black and in society black men are not to be trusted near woman and since he was accused for raping Mayella Ewell, jury and Maycomb citizens believed that Tom Robinson was guilty. For instance, “[…] the evil assumption- that all Negro men are basically immoral beings, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women […]” (Lee 273). This shows us that many white individuals believe that black men are immoral beings and should not be trusted around woman, this instantly clicks into the jury’s mind leading a head start for the Ewell to win the case and even the jury already jumping to conclusions with their final decision with racial judgements.
African Americans for the most part were treated with less value and were denied equal opportunities to make choices and to succeed. The African Americans faced racism that seemed dehumanizing and destroyed their freedom. Emmett Till was senselessly murdered because of prejudice towards the color of his skin. If a white man whistled at a woman he would be verbally reprimanded. When Emmett Till whistled at a white woman, he was beaten to death.