Even though he assumes he might lose the case, he doesn’t give up and give a lesson to the whole court. Atticus states: “Confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption---the evil assumption- that all Negros lie, all Negros are basically immoral beings, all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women. An assumption that one associates with mind of their caliber and which is, in itself, gentlemen, a lie which I do not need to point out it to you.” Atticus illustrates that empathy for outsiders is more important in becoming a moral person than trusting social prejudice. The thing that he criticizes is that skin, eye color, and physical appearance are important to people. Because people see somebody who is different from them in terms of skin, nationality, and race, they exclude them.
During the trial, Tom Robinson tells Atticus that he ran out of the Ewells’ house when he saw Mr. Bob Ewell. Atticus asks him why he ran and Tom replies, “Mr. Finch, if you was a n***** like me, you’d be scared, too” (195). Tom knows that he will be unjustly accused of committing the sexual assault due to his race. This is because Mayella’s word will be taken over his because the people of Maycomb would believe a white woman’s sworn testimony over that of a black man, even if it was not credible.
The novel follows the account of Scout over the span of a few years, there are certain parts of the novel that emit the feelings of prejudice. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, prejudice is shown as an important part of Maycomb’s society. Groups in Maycomb are based on race, class, and gender. Racial prejudice is shown throughout the novel towards the African American society. Early in the novel Scout and Jem go with their housekeeper, Calpurnia to the African American church.
He got a lot of hate by doing this because it was unlawful to defend a negro man. By defending Tom, he is going against all of the other people in town. Mr. Finch goes as far as telling the person who is accusing his client that "Mr. Ewell, it is my duty to defend Tom Robinson to the best of my ability and that is what I will do" (162). This is showing that Mr. Finch is very dedicated to his case. Another way that he shows this trait is that throughout all of this he is still a single father taking care of two kids.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
Harper Lee’s novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is based in the 1930s, and is focused on a young girl: Jean-Louise Finch. Nicknamed Scout, the main character leads the story in a flashback. Scout grows up in a town named after her family as she guides readers through a complex plot filled with hope, lies, family, racism, and love. Lee starts off writing as Scout trying to navigate her way through 2nd grade. It starts off amiable, as the author introduces the characters, properly depicting different voices and personalities.
The author’s description of the court’s ruling was definite and expected because as Atticus explained, society is biased, therefore the court of all white men were always partisan towards voting in favor of a white man without allowing any arguments against him to sway them. Even though Tom Robinson was not guilty and Atticus had strongly proven him as an innocent who was falsely accused of rape, but because discrimination was a factor in the final judgement, the consequences in society’s prejudice consequently led to the suffering of innocent individuals like Tom Robinson who received discriminatory treatment and trial due to their race. Descriptions of southern beliefs during the time period throughout the book develop and clarify the major theme of the
Racism deflects the interpersonal relationships because every race exalts their own and looks down on other races. Othello is one of the fascinating literature work by Shakespeare that describes the evident of racism in societies, its destructive effects on society and people’s attitudes. The tragedy in Othello may seem to be as a result of jealousy but deep inside, it is a tragedy rooted deeply in racial conflict. This play was written in a time when the minorities were less important and could easily be ignored by the majority race: it was almost impossible for a black man to hold a higher rank in the society and earning respect from the white people. This paper will discuss the theme of racism in Othello, show its effects on society and specific characters like Othello who felt the impact of prejudice.
As a man who was helping Bobbie’s escape says, “…these country bastards are liable to be anything” (219). The language is saturated with the social and cultural panic of corruption of “pure” white blood in a racially prejudiced society. Hellen Lynn Sugarman contends that the town’s aggressive response to Joe is the result of “the murkiness of their own social positions” (96). In so far as Joe cannot state his racial identity in clear-cut terms, the townspeople cannot tell for sure in what way they know “what anyone’s identity is” (Sugarman
It seems like everyone is against Jem and Scout or even Atticus except their good neighbors, who really understand them. The conflict even growth bigger when Atticus defense for Tom Robinson, a colored skin man that get accused of raping a white woman. The adult, their friend and even their cousin trying to hurt them. Jem and Scout didn’t deserve to hear those negative comments on their father. Moreover, Atticus didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t he?
Tom Robinson is in court because he is accused of raping Bob Ewell 's daughter. Tom is a black man and during that time they were still being discriminated and being treated unfairly. Bob is a white man and when a white man accuses a black man of anything the white man is the outcome is usually in the white man 's favor. In the courthouse Atticus was trying to defend Tom Robinson, he uses an allusion and says, "But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein..." (210). Atticus alludes the jury to two of the most famous men in the era.
One more assumption that is made in this novel is that African Americans are to be treated as less than white men. Tom Robinson, for example, is proved guilty in his trial for being accused of raping Mayella Ewell just because he is a black man, even though the evidence clearly shows that he is innocent. In Atticus’s closing summation, he says, “You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. (204)” This quote is saying that black men themselves are not a problem, but that it is the whole human race that should not be trusted.
Look at the way everyones looking at me. They hate me. I 'm black, they won 't let me go.” Atticus said with the most softest voice he could have and said “don 't worry i got this.” Atticus was trying his best to show the judge that Tom was innocent with all the evidence he had, but most of the town is very racist. So it 's very hard to convince anyone in the jury to be convinced that Tom did not do it. Everyone questioned everything Atticus had to support Toms innocents.
Color meant nothing to him. He once said, “There’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” He believed all men were equal, and that’s how he treated them. He told me something that I still think about when I think of racism, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday 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." He didn’t even recognize people by their age.