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).
John had made the mistake of sleeping with, a teenage girl, Abigail Williams. What John did cause pain to his wife Elizabeth; his affair caused the loving couple to break farther apart. A love that John missed Church to home and nurse his wife back to health instead. John is falsely accused of being a witch and is brought to prison. The distressed caused by being in prison is too much for John that he cannot think clearly.
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.
Tom is extremely on edge throughout the novel about the past relationship between Gatsby and Daisy and how it is starting to develop once more. Tom, all the while, is being unfaithful to his wife, Daisy. Tom has an affair with George Wilson’s wife, Myrtle Wilson. A few times it does not go unnoticed that Tom is taking a phone call at an inappropriate times and on the other end of the phone is Myrtle Wilson. Daisy has suspicions of her husband’s infidelity but has not been told by Tom that she is being betrayed.
After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
Bailey’s indifference towards his mother is indicative of what their relationship has been over the years from his childhood and into his adulthood. Bailey seems sick of the grandmother living with and being around him. The grandmother is very irritating to her family, and that shows throughout the story by their unwillingness to speak with her. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is set in the mid 20th century, and presumably in the middle of the civil rights movement. The grandmother is an outcast from her own family by still expressing her outdated beliefs about African-Americans.
Teachers didn’t believe he could be taught since he was large and black. People would tell his foster parents to throw him out on the streets, because he shouldn’t be trusted in a house full of whites. He was called disgusting names from the day he was born and had always deal with it. A major theme of the novel is judging people based on their character, not their appearance. Michael wasn’t treated with the same respect that everyone else was.
Summary of The Lost Boy David Pelzer, author of The Lost Boy, shares his struggles of dealing with an abusive mother that lead to his life in foster care in his memoir. He details the beginning of his story by revealing the abuse of his mother who referred to David as “the boy” and even calls him “it”. While he has three older brothers the Mother chose David to take out her anger on and the family even referred to the abuse as “the family secret”. Forced to live in the basement, David tells how he dreaded every commercial break where his mother is forced to pay attention to something other than the television which was usually physically or verbally abusing him. David found himself looking forward to school which was the only place he was given food and dreaded the end of the day where he was forced to return to what he called “The House” and “The Family”.
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.
One of the most prominent social biases, both in the 1920’s specifically and throughout American history, is race. In the period after WWI, race tensions were heightening. Tom clearly does not approve of the idea that black people could rise socially and “infiltrate” his world. Even though Tom himself has a mistress, he says, “Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.”(Fitzgerald p130) He does not see any problem morally with cheating on his wife, but the idea of interracial marriage is abhorrent to him. Tom also believes that white people - Nordics - have contributed everything good to society.
The stereotype about what was accepted in the traditional society, the discrimination, and social divide could not be more boldly underline by the screenwriter and director. The way Dr. Prentices parents were depicted was “IN YOUR FACE: LEARN WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM” in a way just to underline that he is not white! Furthermore, the housemaid was the last “nail in the coffin” so to speak, depicting her as almost “crazy” black woman ready to destroy the young man just because he “dares” to look outside the racial divide for marital partner. Does not make much sense to me. On other hand the Joe parents are portraited as in a way moderate, if you will kind a progressive minded couple, very much well accomplished, wealthy and surely have housemaid