“Prejudice: To Kill a Mockingbird” Why do we judge strangers so harshly? Why is it that, when we walk down the street, we look and treat ‘odd’ people differently? Instead of giving the homeless person a wide berth when he flashes you a hopeful smile, why not return the smile, just as you would for anyone else? In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the townsfolk of Maycomb treat ‘odd’ people and African Americans with no respect or kindness.
In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird many themes run throughout this book, but there are only a few themes that stand out. Racism, maturity, and justice. These are the central themes shown almost everywhere in To Kill A Mockingbird. One tremendous theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is racism. One example of racism is when Harper Lee writes “He 's nothin’ but a nigger lover.
W.E.B. DuBois says, “ For the American that represents and gloats in lynching, disenfranchisement...in the hateful upturning and mixing of things, we were forced by vindictive fate to fight also… the country of ours, despite all its better souls, have done and dreams are yet a shameful land” (Doc. D). Lynching and violence were common for the black and they had to follow the jim crow law, especially in the south. Most African American worked as domestic laborers because most of the white people thought they don 't need education and a waste of time. Although people are trying to change America for the better, they ignored and neglected the major issue of the color people who do not have right as much as the whites and they failed to improve the prejudice between the black and
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, moral empathy is not adequately represented towards other Maycomb County folks, especially towards the black community; people are just people and no one is naturally different from anyone else, excluding the fact that there are some people who take advantage of their power. Early in the novel, the author introduces the readers to a divided society in which both the young and old, are heavily inclined towards discrimination against “powerless” people, especially the black community that is settled in Maycomb. In pursuance of addressing this dilemma, Atticus says to his daughter Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee p. 48) This quote is what essentially makes up the whole story.
I found it particularly disgusting when the L.A. police chief tried to blame the deaths of black men on their anatomy, and how if they were normal they would’ve been fine. This essay was very eye opening for me, and will change the way I look at law enforcement, and even my own family
What is the importance of the character of Mrs Dubose in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’? In To Kill A Mockingbird, Mrs Dubose is shown to have the same narrow mindset as the majority of the town. This can be seen when Mrs Dubose is on her porch and ranting to Jem and Scout about how from the towns perspective, Atticus is seen negatively. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for’”
In Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, we can see there is a clear disparity the between classes, especially between the blacks and the whites in Maycomb county. Throughout the book, it is implied that (as far as class is concerned) the richest black person is far lower than that of the poorest white person. Due to the class disparity between the two races, the whites of Maycomb would be considered to be "better off " than the blacks and are also considered above them. When Scout, Jem, and Dill see Tom empathizes with Mayella, their idea of class is flipped upside down. This would teach our main characters that empathy transcends race and
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: 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 no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well.
To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic tale with a meaning deeper than the simple story of childhood shenanigans, remains a staple in many classes throughout the US. The people of the town consistently express their racist values, and how there prejudice clearly divides white and black people. Beyond that, the contrast between knowing and not knowing consistently appears throughout the story. There are many different types of ‘not knowing,’ ranging from innocence to ignorance. The people of Maycomb are ignorant when it comes to race, and the Finch children are innocent and do not know what’s really involved with the case taken up by their father.
Another reason why Scout’s saviour is Atticus is related with her acknowledgement over the superficiality and restrictions of being a Southern female, for example when Mrs. Dubose tells Scout: “You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady! You 'll grow up waiting on tables if somebody doesn 't change your ways ...” (page 135; To Kill a Mockingbird). Meaning that if Scout does not ‘woman’ up she will forever be rejected. This quote is one of many illustrations in the novel where our narrator communicates to us Lee 's criticism of Southern women and their ignorance concerning gender roles.
(Roark, P. 924) What set civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s apart from earlier acts of black protest was its widespread presence in the South, with a large number of people involved, their willingness to confront the white institutions directly and the use of non-violent protests and civil disobedience to bring about change. The arrest of Rosa Parks in December 1955 is probably the most famous example of this. The African Americans boycotted the bus system in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Montgomery bus boycott lasted a full year. (Roark, p. 924) These were good tactics.
All she had to do was look at what Atticus had to go through but through his eyes and she would have understood a little better. Last Scout learns not to judge people because of their past and the stories you heard about them. Scout heard bad things about Boo and immediately thought he was a scary monster. After she got older she finally realized everything she learned was very important life lessons.
On December 1, 1955, civil rights leaders asserted the local segregation laws by capitalizing Rosa Park 's refusal, in giving up her seat to a white man. The president of the Nation Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was E.D Nixon and the leader of the Women 's Political Council (WPC) was Jo Ann Robinson. The day of Park 's court hearing, the boycott of public buses in Montgomery began and continued for 381 days. On June 5, 1956, the Federal District Court decided that it was unconstitutional to have segregated bus seating. The Montgomery Bus Boycott succeeded by advocating nonviolent protest, implementing the starting point in the fight for racial equality, and bringing various groups together through constructive
Prejudice is shown in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee through the contrasting characters and how they differ with characters of similar roles in social and racial situations. The contrasting ways in which Atticus Finch and Bob Ewell act towards the court case make racial prejudice an obvious issue, and the contrasting opinions and influences between Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra make social prejudice
Argumentative Essay The book To Kill a Mockingbird is based out of the town of Maycomb, Alabama. The residents in Maycomb are extremely racist and see minor inequalities as major differences and reasons to segregate. The families of Maycomb have their own hereditary social classes and are pretty much stuck in their class based on occupation and race`. People in Maycomb are born into significance or are born into less fortunate situations. Many of the characters use these social classes to boost their self esteem.