In the novel, ‘To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates the small, imaginary town, the Maycomb County, as a place where racism and social inequality happens in the background of 1930s America. Not only the segregation between whites and blacks, but also the poor lived in a harsh state of living. As Scout, the young narrator, tells the story, Lee introduces and highlights the effects of racism and social inequality on the citizens of Maycomb County by using various characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell. Firstly, Harper Lee portrays Boo Radley as a victim of social inequality through adjectives and metaphor in the phrase, “There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten;” ‘Long jagged scar that ran across his face’ tells us that Boo Radley has stereotype about his appearance, which forces to imagine Boo as a scary and threatening person. The phrase, ‘yellow and rotten’ make the readers think as if Boo Radley is poor and low in a social hierarchy, as he cannot afford to brush his teeth.
How is the racial problem of the southern states of USA in the 1930s portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird? INTRO In the 1930s the Southern states of America suffered from a strong discrimination and racial hatred towards colored people. They had no rights, no respect and were not allowed to go places white people went. In other words they were segregated from the rest of the society. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that show the life of a southern state od Alabama during the “black racism” time period, where majority of the people had the mentality that (quote) with the exception of a few.
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.
It’s said that “Scrooge started back, appalled.” The use of a short sentence emphasises the immediate nature of Scrooge’s reaction. The word “appalled” also shows the disgust, apprehension, and horror that Scrooge felt in reaction to these children, signifying to the reader that these characters are particularly pitiful. This is amplified when Scrooge goes to compliment the children, “but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.” The personification of the words shows the extent of the lie – Scrooge truly can’t justify complimenting Ignorance and Want, alluding to their truly dreadful and pitiful nature. Through this, Dickens uses Scrooge to show the true nature of Ignorance and
Characters Racism “I’m simply defending a negro; his name is Tom Robinson.” Atticus informs Scout and Jem’s life of alternating task of standing up to the prejudice and racism in the town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Prejudice in this novel is expressed or represented by disgust and misinterpretation because of the difference of people skin color. Racism is made known by the whites in the town of Maycomb in opposition to the African Americans. The case of Tom Robinson, a black man serve as a crucial and greatly expected moment in the story. Tom Robinson is accountable and he is accused of raping and sexually assaulting Mayella Ewell.
It’s not right that just because you’re poor you’re called trash. Also, “Cry about the simple heck people give other people -without even thinking. Cry about heck white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they’re people, too. “ said Mr. Raymond. ( 269) This is crucial because it shows how much damage is being done to african americans; it shows that even if people know that what they’re doing is wrong, people do it because of preconceived ideas.
Sources of Enmity in To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a timeless, touching novel that examines stereotyping and its consequences. The novel follows Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer, as he defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman in Maycomb, Alabama. The novel also shows how the lives of Atticus' children, Scout and Jem, are affected and how what they experience influences the way they grow up. It allows us to see characters like Boo Radley and Bob Ewell as they add to the theme of racism and prejudice as well. To Kill a Mockingbird deals most obviously with racial prejudice but the greater lesson has to do with class differences and how a person's inherited social status unfairly
As page 165 says, “He was spit on and pelted with Cokes, ice, and coins”, he was very hated. Of course, with hate comes violence, and that is exactly what happened to Perry Wallace. Even though he did nothing wrong but want to play a game that he liked. Another way he was hurt was simply by names. Being called very inappropriate names that really tore him down.
In the classical 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee depicts the social and racial inequality in southern American society during the 1930’s. Residing in Maycomb County, Atticus Finch and his two children, Scout and Jem, gain appreciation for tolerance as they encounter diverse characters such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Told from Scout’s perspective of their adventures, Jem and Scout explore the prejudicial flaws of their community. The portrayal of a catalyst and prophet matches the personality of Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch; serving as the brother and friend of his sister Scout, Jem’s once innocent and naive world view is exposed to the less savory aspects of southern culture when his father takes on a case defending an African American man accused of rape. As the dehumanizing factors of institutionalized and widespread racial discrimination and prejudice become evident, Jem learns that empathy and human understanding are crucial in realizing full human potential.