The novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee conveys the message of overcoming inequality and discrimination against people of color during the 1900s through the eyes of a white, six year old girl nicknamed Scout. Scout lives with her father Atticus, her brother Jem, and their housekeeper Calpurnia in a small town fictionally located in Maycomb Alabama. Growing up with a lawyer for a father, Scout is able to learn things that were beyond her age and thus making her mature faster, in a sense. Her involvement in the case exposes her to the bigotry views of those in her time, yet her young and uninfluenced mind helps her outgrow these ‘views’.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that social inequality breaks down a society through the use of conflict, symbolism and irony. Social inequality plays a pivotal role in the novel because the whole conflict between Bob and Tom is wrapped in it. From the first accusation to the final conviction inequality is intertwined in every paragraph, every word. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that stands the test of time because while our society has made improvements, inequality will never truly go away. This novel displays characters you relate to, ones you despise, and all that you fall in love with.
To kill a mockingbird was a political statement, yet it was not meant for the public to so widely see. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the award winning novel by Harper Lee, many important topics are touched upon with themes such as family and justice, however, the most prevalent theme is racism and Harper Lee manages to touch upon it many times. Race in Maycomb County helps to determine social class and power, it also creates an unspoken set of rules regarding code of conduct and how many people interact in their relationships, both interracial and not. In Maycomb County race is a major determining factor in a person’s positioning in the social hierarchy.
In which we had to think carefully and cohesively about the characters and their backgrounds. Although Harper Lee proves the point that social prejudice was a highly regarded prejudice. Harper Lees’ novel helps us to become more aware of prejudicial situations that occurred in the
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, in Maycomb County, there are unfair events that happen to people because of wrong things that others believe in. Since people in Maycomb County believe in those preconceived ideas, some of the characters like Walter Cunningham, the negroes, and Scout don’t get equal rights. Even if it’s the early 1930s, inequality still exists to this day: social, gender, and race/color. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, readers can see that prejudice and bias creates inequality. One reason why inequality is a central problem in To Kill A Mockingbird is where you stand in the economy.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the most significant themes is unjust decisions are made due to race and social class. For example, a group of men showed up in dusty cars at the Maycomb County jail, where Atticus was late at night. Outside the jail, “in ones and twos, men got out of the cars. Shadows became substance as lights revealed solid shapes moving toward the jail door” (Lee 80). One man asked “he's in there, Mr. Finch?” referring to Tom Robinson (Lee 80).
Social inequality is overlooked by many. It affects so many of us, though we have yet to realize how extreme it is. Lee argues in this novel how much stress social inequalities put on the black and white races throughout the 1930s. Although, social inequalities did not just affect different races, it also affected poor people and family backgrounds. These are proven in the novel multiple times through Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the Cunninghams when the book is looked at more in
In To Kill a Mockingbird, examples of social inequality really manipulate the way in which the plot travels. This is also true in our world in present time. All of these examples listed, including the wage gap, police brutality and political inequality’s have influenced our society and its decisions. Looking forward, the wage gap should close up in the upcoming years between white men and white women, but people of other races will probably never see a equal pay. Police brutality will continue to happen, but with advances in media, the culprits of the situations should be found and the right charge should be applied.
An additional example of social injustice in this chapter is the situation of Jurgis and Ona. Migrating to America, problems emerged at the beginning as the officials took away Jurgis passport and fined him, leaving the family with little to none to start in America. As the immigrants, who at first possess confidence in the American Dream of diligent work prompting material achievements, are tormented, and
Hatred, expressed through violence, leaves innocent African Americans to die. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee withholds a related theme from a child’s perspective. The narrator, Scout and her brother Jem establish an understanding their hometown Maycomb is not perfect. They recognize the injustice of Tom Robinson, a hard-working, honest African American man. In spite of Tom’s discrimination, change from biased decisions
One of the main purposes in life is to grow positively, individually and in society. However, with oppression and fear to move towards change, it requires a unique approach to address some issues. A rich demonstration of this is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An old, children’s book serving no meaningful purpose is what it may seem, nonetheless, it is actually a novel that offers a unique outlook on all aspects of human life. Jem and Scout, the main characters, learn about equality, racism, and social class through court cases, tea parties and more.
Authors tend to use political and or social statements to express themselves in literature. Paul Laurence Dunbar talks about the inequality and discrimination that African Americans were facing in his poem “Douglass.”
Life is overfilled with messages, like weeds in a sea in unmaintained grass. Whether it’s warning a person, or pointing out a flaw; these little lessons are there to further grow the positive parts of that person’s personality. A simple demonstration of this is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An old, children’s book serving no meaningingful purpose is what it may seem, nevertheless, it actually is a novel that offers a unique outtake on all aspects of human life. In the book, two children Jem and Scout, who learn about equality, racism, and social class through court cases, tea parties and more.
To avoid feeling guilty from slavery whites said blacks were bad and began to oppress them. They did this through segregating them, watching their every move, and putting them in positions to commit crimes. Bigger is frustrated because he is not allowed to do anything because he is black. " When Bigger goes out onto the street he sees a poster for Buckley's campaign: “IF YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU CAN'T WIN!” And, as Bigger knows, if you don’t break it, you keep losing.
The the national bestseller How to Kill a Mockingbird is known as a novel that brings to light the racism as well as the social justice in America during the 1930s. Social Justice is portrayed through a character, that character’s actions as well as how the character handles situations. In to Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch portrays social justice multiple times throughout the novel with how he presents himself in society. Social Justice is the overall promoting of a just society by challenging injustice and valuing community.