Although several people in the book To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee symbolizes the mocking bird , I believe Boo Radley strongly emulates the symbol of the MockingBird. Boo Radley is misunderstood by society and seen as a monster or as a scary man, just as the mockingbird was. Although Boo was seen as a threat to society, he never hurt a soul, he shared things with the kids like soap figurines of them. Boo jumped to action when he heard the kids being mugged by mysterious man. Jem says it would be killing a Mockingbird if they persecuted Boo Radley.
However, when Lennie came to Crooks, he was very careful and defensive towards Lennie because of the thought that Lennie would also be like the other workers and discriminate him. He is scared if people come to his door because they will make a fool out of him and he doesn’t want to be more isolated and he originally is. Additionally, he doesn’t want to show how he is isolated as well. Crooks knows that because he is black and everyone treats him unfairly, he cannot express his emotions. When Lennie came to George, “It
Atticus attempts to persuade the community to not defer to prejudice and intolerant ways by pointing out Bob Ewell’s flaws and racism. Although he knows that most of the individuals in Maycomb will believe that Negroes are the reason why everything is wrong, he wants the community to know that “‘... 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’” (Lee
So what should the children believe? Ever since they were born they’ve been told by the others in their town that Black men are trash; now they are hearing from their father that anyone who cheats a Black man is trash. When their father’s trial finds the Black man guilty, despite the fact that the only evidence against him was the color of his skin, the children are devastated by the injustice they are witnessing in their own hometown. Jem in particular struggles to come to terms with the prejudice he has just observed. Although these children were raised in a community full of racial bias, the important people in their lives, Atticus and Calpurnia, combined with their experience at the trial, transfigured their opinions.
Racism, or hating another person simply because of the color of their skin, is wrong. It has been a problem in our country a very long time. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell, a white man, accused Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping his daughter. Because Tom was black, and the people in Maycomb, Ala., were racists, Tom did not have a chance of getting a fair trial. I strongly disagree with Bob Ewell and his racist ways.
The monster’s appearance also made many people assume that the monster would behave ruthlessly and immorally. For example, when the monster saved the little girl from drowning he was treated as a villain because of its frightful appearance. Shelley brings up the idea of people judging each other by the first impression. During the time the book was written and today there has not been much change because we still judge each other based on looks. Many immigrants are seen as horrible because of their outer appearance or what they have heard about them.
To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic tale with a meaning deeper than the simple story of childhood shenanigans, remains a staple in many classes throughout the US. The people of the town consistently express their racist values, and how there prejudice clearly divides white and black people. Beyond that, the contrast between knowing and not knowing consistently appears throughout the story. There are many different types of ‘not knowing,’ ranging from innocence to ignorance. The people of Maycomb are ignorant when it comes to race, and the Finch children are innocent and do not know what’s really involved with the case taken up by their father.
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.
Overall, Boo Radley will always be seen as a creepy old man due to his lack of strength to go outside and see the racist world. Tom Robinson, who was innocent but died anyway purely because of the color of his skin. Then, Jem who would be ridiculed and harassed if people knew what he did and what he believed in. Finally, everyone who symbolizes a mockingbird is an outcast whether it’s because what they believe in, the color of their skin or even actions that people have thought they did. However, if most people believe in something is that the right thing to believe
He tricks the folks of the town so the hate gets passed by false reasons. Mr. Dolphus is also presented as an outcast through the way people treat him so he has to hide his real personality. Harper Lee shows that outcast in our society are often treated different because of their opinions or actions. Truly, Mr. Dolphus he tries to hide his real self to keep peace in the town he lives in. Whereas, Atticus is respected though pushed away because of his opinions and Boo Radley because of his actions.
In the novel Jasper Jones the protagonist Charlie is faced with racial aggravation towards his friend Jeffery and his family. As the story progresses, even though they seem small at the time, these racial stereotypes have cruel and unfounded aggravation. Silvey uses a range of language techniques to emphasise how unjustified the racial aggravation is. Jeffery is considered a racial outsider by the villagers and this is evident by the way they treat him. Jeffrey is constantly treated by the towns people on his skin colour rather than his amazing sporting skills.
It is very obvious that Bob intentionally abused his eldest daughter. When Mayella was up in the stands saying what happened, Atticus asks, “ Do you love your father” ( Lee 245 ), and Mayella hesitated which indicated she is thinking about her answer. Mayella nodded to Atticus when he says, Bob is abusive when he is drinking. As readers learn later on in the story, they know that Bob has beaten his children more than once when he is drunk. The actions Bob took towards his children was disrespectful to them, to a point where they felt uncomfortable.
Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling” (264). “You felt sorry for her?” This condescending remark Mr. Gilmer makes shows his fury and his supposed superiority that the majority of Maycomb felt towards black people. Just based entirely off of the color of Tom’s skin, they seem unable to accept or view the story from his angle. Emphasis on the word “you” is used in a derogatory manner that screams prejudice, and Mr. Gilmer seems incapable of seeing how a black man like Tom could possibly feel sorry for “her”, a white girl like Mayella. Because the social ladder is built based off of race, Tom immediately gets cast to the bottom without a second thought.
The Ku Klux Klan was a mean and ugly group of people. They harmed inosint people just because if their skin color. I don’t know if that 's just how it went back then but it all seemed like an real ugly place to be. I know that they did this just because they didn 't want the colored people in their world so they made it miserable for them. Why couldn 't they just learn to be kind to everyone and understand that they are living human beings just like them however they have different colored skin.
Also, by showing disrespect to her servants, Mrs. Merriweather shows people that she is racist. The last character to show racist behaviors is Bob Ewell by not liking the fact that he lives so close to the African Americans. Another way Bob shows that he is prejudice against African Americans is by showing his hatred towards Atticus because Atticus was trying to help Tom be set free from the charges Bob was putting on