The Theme Of Social Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The Color Line In the words of famous philosopher, Aristotle, “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee portrays the significance of social inequality. The distinguished narrator, Scout, is introduced to racial inequality. These characters are affected by the central message of how terrible racism is, yet still exists. Throughout the story, Harper Lee is able to convey a prejudicial situation to express to readers the harms of racism. Harper Lee uses the trial of Tom Robinson to symbolize the ignorance and denial towards the subject of racism in the town of Maycomb. Atticus is able to portray how ignorant people were to ignore that Tom Robinson was an innocent man. As he states, “She was white, and tempted a negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man” (Lee 72). Atticus is able to acknowledge the fears of interracial relationships within his community. Although, the victim has secret affection towards Tom Robinson, he is still found guilty.…show more content…
When Atticus is explaining the truth in racial inequality he says, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life … when a white man does that to a black man … he is trash” (Lee192). This quote expresses Atticus’ feelings and thoughts towards racism. The quote is able to characterize him as a righteous man who is ultimately against racial inequality and able to look past the color of one’s skin. Harper Lee is able to use the charastic of Atticus to convey the central idea of racial inequality existing within the region of white
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