Mayella Ewell comes from a poor family who is viewed in the Maycomb society as “white trash.” The Finch family has to face harsh criticism in the heavily racist Maycomb because of Atticus decision to help Tom. The soundtrack of the movie is important so the songs I choose are “Strange Fruit”, “Tearin’ up My Heart”, and “Eye of the Sparrow” which are good choices for the soundtrack. The first song I choose is “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. It is a dark profound song about the lynching of African Americans in the southern United States during the Jim Crow Era. It was a protest song that Billie Holiday very rarely performed due to threats.
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).
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
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.
Some people thought the laws were needed because the whites thought the blacks were going to take their jobs. A few examples of this are excluding blacks from bathrooms, transport, and education. If the rules were not followed they could be lynched in public (Pilgrim). The picture is an amazing representation of the Jim Crow laws because it shows a poor black guy in front of animals (V.). The townspeople of Lee’s fictional town in Maycomb, Alabama abides by the Jim Crow laws.
Throughout the story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, encountered the many trials of living in the small county of Maycomb, Alabama. Within their society, the ingrained principle was that those of lighter colored skin were superior to those of darker skin. The black members of the community were looked down upon as slaves and simply used for labor. Although this was the common practiced belief, it created immense corruption and cold-heartedness amongst some of the white skinned dwellers of Maycomb. The word of a white man would always trump the word of a black man; this is shown in the narrative of the villain of the story, Bob Ewell, a man who enjoyed employing prejudice and racism towards black people to an
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is centered around a rape case that is basically the word of a black man against the word of two white people. This case directly affects the Finch family because their father, Atticus Finch, is defending the black man on trial. The setting of the story, Maycomb County, has a history of racism and the people don’t want to change. Atticus is fighting an uphill battle with the support of his family, Scout and Jem, as well as their cook and maid Calpurnia. Calpurnia is black, and she happens to be a very important and influential character in the story.
In the autobiography “Black Boy” by Richard Wright, Richard learns that racism is prevalent not only in his Southern community, and he now becomes “unsure of the entire world” when he realizes he “had been unwittingly an agent for pro-Ku Klux Klan literature” by delivering a Klan newspaper. He is now aware of the fact that even though “Negroes were fleeing by the thousands” to Chicago and the rest of the North, life there was no better and African Americans were not treated as equals to whites. This incident is meaningful both in the context of his own life story and in the context of broader African American culture as well. At the most basic level, it reveals Richard’s naïveté in his belief that racism could never flourish in the North. When
He gets a lesson in equality when “People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum”(42). Previous to his adventures on the river with Jim he thinks that he should turn Jim into the two slave traders because he realizes that at the time slavery was a legal law and Jim was breaking that law so he thought that was an injustice. However with the quote Huck understands that even though it's an injustice for Jim to be running away from slavery, the bigger injustice is the whole institution of slavery. Thus, the character of Huck Finn, who begins the journey down the river as an uneducated, immoral boy develops into a character of high moral virtue. This is seen in his actions- which though they may not have been approved by church going ladies and school teachers- prove him to be responsible, fair and a champion of equality.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there is several examples of how family values impact the story and the way characters develop. One of the main family values in the story is how the Finches view race; since they live in Alabama during the 1940s there is a lot of racism and the father is defending an african american in a rape case where many people believe that he should automatically be hung. An example of different values is “My folks said your daddy is a disgrace an’ that nigger should hang”
“Don’t think they’re just a bunch of dumb evil monsters. Don’t forget your father’s side of the family is fighting for the Southern cause.” “How can you say that? The South is fighting to keep slaves! If they were to win, what would that mean for Mr. Jeffries?” Mr. Jeffries was a kind-hearted old black man that lived just two houses down from Isaac Miller. The neighborhood grew to know him as the man that went through hell and back, and in some ways he was.
However, he was not able to finish this job he had started because of his unfortunate assassination. The Jim Crow law made it exceptionally hard for the African American community to gain Civil Rights. The law declared that in places of business, schools, churches, etc. it was acceptable to have the act of segregation. There was a group of people who were