As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism. People of the town including children refer to black people as “Niggers”, and raised to think of black people as lower class individuals. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has a strong message towards racism, this is learned from Scout & Jem as they mature throughout the novel and are constantly being exposed to demeaning segregation in Maycomb County. In giving Scout a lesson about racism, Atticus also does the same for the readers of the novel. This happens when Scout asks Atticus what the term ‘Nigger-lover” meant, after being insulted several of times and not knowing if it is an offensive word or not, but had a slight feeling it was when Atticus was being called at.
In consequence of Atticus defending the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, in a racist era, both of his children Scout and Jem get attacked by Bob Ewell. We also see Mrs. Dubose, who’s suffering from a morphine addiction, discontinue its use fully aware she will be in pain. Doing what is right is more important to her than continuing her bad habit. Not only does Boo Radley put his innocence at risk but, he also seeks more attention towards him which is not what he wants hence being excluded from society after living a miserable childhood. Courage means fighting for what is right, no matter what the cost.
It was Atticus’s reasoning, Calpurnia’s kindness, and the black community’s love that allowed the children to stand with them. The third reason that Atticus should not have defended Tom Robinson is because their Aunt, Uncle, and cousin show disgust. When Atticus and his family go visit some of their immediate relatives, the tension is evident. Scout's Aunt and Uncle don't agree with Atticus’s decision and their disgust is clearly shown. Their disgust even rubs off on their only child, Francis, who acts like an annoying fly that you can't swat away(simile), taunts Scout with cruel words.
Once, in a social occasion of chapel individuals, his mom shared about the demise of his uncle that his dad battled for very long. His uncle was not only a casualty of attempt at manslaughter but rather a casualty of dogmatism. He kicked the bucket in the road since he was a Black alcoholic man jabbed fun about by White alcoholic men. The mother reminded the speaker that her disclosure isn 't signified "to make you frightened or intense or to influence you to abhor anyone" however only for a more youthful sibling Sonny. Unwittingly, it is an epiphany that the Narrator would later recognize.
He is a coach and a Language Arts teacher. Redmond had not allowed Shelly on the basketball team because she was too aggressive. Shelly’s caseworker, Jim Avery, helped Shelly by going up against Redmond. He tried to get Redmond to reconsider politely at first, but Redmond wasn’t going to allow this. While Shelly was describing this to Bo, she said: “Redmond said that after he saw how willing I was to mix it up, he had requested my records and decided he couldn’t afford to have someone poisoning the team’s morale…” (140) This made her have an emotional break down, steal her mother’s car, and drive one hundred miles an hour down the freeway before it flipped over and rolled off the road.
For example, at home Scout is talking to Atticus, she worries they will lose the case. Atticus tells her, “No honey… Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason to try to win” (Lee 101). Atticus must think if he can defend a black man, maybe others in the community might treat blacks better. For instance, Scout tells Atticus how Cecil Jacobs says he “defends niggers” Atticus replies, “Of course I do” (Lee 99). Atticus took upon defending Tom, a black man, knowing he would not win the case, he knew the harsh things people would throw at him.
Though he is criticized by some and his family is taxed by the situation, his decision to defend Tom was the wise thing to do. Yes, his family was mentally and physically changed by the incident, but he also changed Maycomb’s outlook on racism and destroyed the reputation of disgusting people. Sometimes casualties must be sustained to change something. Racism was a larger problem and drawbacks on his family were too little.“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash” (Lee Cp. 23).
In this scenario, they also believed that Jefferson was rightfully charged and made crude, prejudice remarks when discussed. “Should have burned him months ago. I’d pull the switch myself, they ask me” (198). However, Grant’s family cautiously came to be accepting of Vivian when she refers to herself while explaining that not all people of mixed race hate African Americans. Evidence of racism towards African Americans in the mixed community is demonstrated when Vivian was outcasted by her family for marrying an African American man, “Her family had nothing to say to her husband and hardly anything to say to her” (112).
If someone went against all the social norms today to protect the wellbeing of someone else, or to do what is right, would it be considered courage? Harper lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, told a story of two children and their father’s battle to win equality in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Jean Louise, also known as Scout and her brother Jeremy, or Jem, witnessed their father, Atticus Finch, fight society to earn Tom Robinson freedom. When Tom is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell, Mr. Finch is chosen to represent him in court because he is the only man in Maycomb who sees him as an equal. In To Kill a Mockingbird Lee shows us many examples of her idea of courage; Atticus saves from the mob, as well as representing him in court, and Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem.
Throughout the entire letter, I feel Coates' disappointment; anger; and sadness. I feel that he wish he had another history to tell his son; to embrace some kind of hope in his son's future; to tell him that being black does not put his life in risk from being taken away. Coates knows that when his son soon or later will eventually start wondering about why he is being treated unfairly or different. He will begin to see the police brutality among his racial group; how many blacks of different ages get killed by the police just because they
Thinking back to when I read "To Kill a Mockingbird", I now recall striking comparisons between Maya Angelou 's autobiography and Harper Lee 's fictional novel. While reading "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", I drew more connections between the two very different books. Matthew has already pointed out the similar theme of racism, but I think there could be more similarities between the characters. Even though Maya Angelou and Jean "Scout" Finch were of different nationalities, both girls suffered due to their imaginative nature and physical appearances. Maya and Scout have compassionate older brothers (Bailey Johnson Jr. and Jeremy "Jem" Finch), a loving parent (Annie "Momma" Henderson and Atticus Finch), and the two girls live in a
Where the misdemeanour, and no matter how clear their own child’s guilt, parents ask immediately: Were you with Jasper Jones? (P.g 5, Jasper Jones) This quote demonstrates how the audience originally believed Jasper was nothing but an annoyance to the community. Due to the Vietnam War being such a violent and tragic period in time, this added to the overall ferocity of the setting of the novel as the war influenced the 1960’s immensely. The Lu family who were Vietnamese immigrants were constantly outcast by traditionalists because of their Vietnamese heritage. This is demonstrated in the novel when a member from the town physically abuses Mrs. Lu because her son was elected through to Vietnam.