The interactions between those of a different race in Maycomb is looked down upon. Therefore, many african americans are wrongly punished and treated as though they are less than human. African-Americans are often seen as inferior to caucasians.
Have you ever treated someone poorly based on thier looks or skin color? Racial discrimination was a significant problem in Maycomb County in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus, a single father who is raising two kids in Maycomb that has a code to treat blacks of a less worth than whites. Atticus being a knowledgeable, courageous, and understanding man breaks the code of racial discrimination and he influences his children to become stong willed, and understanding adults. Atticus’s aptitude to be understanding is shown in all conflicts he is faced with.
In this novel, there are some parts that show racism. Atticus is the best lawyer in Maycomb. In chapter 9, he started to defends Tom Robinson. All the people in Maycomb disagree about defending Tom, Negro men. However, he believes Tom Robinson and Atticus work hard to defend him.
Many people are aware that Lee teaches this lesson when she describes how the white people of Maycomb treat African Americans. But she also addresses prejudice of several different kinds of outsiders as well. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader finds a common lesson, to treat everyone with respect, and not let themselves be blinded by prejudice against outsiders such as Maycomb residents did with Boo Radley, Dolphus Raymond, and the Cunninghams. Boo Radley, a social outcast in Maycomb's society, is subjected to prejudice throughout the book because he broke social
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has the common motif of a mockingbird throughout the entire novel. Although the novel never directly states who or what the mockingbird is intended to represent, many believe that Tom Robinson was the only true mockingbird. However, the entire black community in Maycomb has been peaceful in the manner a mockingbird should be. Having the black community as the mockingbird shows how extensive the issue of racism is in our world.
Bob Ewell represents everything bad, wrong, and the worst aspects of the south, he is a drunkard, liar, racist, and a cheat who knowingly falsely accused Tom of raping his daughter. The Ewells are the poorest of the poor in Maycomb, and they know it, they have no breeding, no money, and no education. Now, despite all these handicaps the Ewell family could improve their standing, get jobs become generally contributing members of society, however Bob is the only member of the family who could feasibly do this, he, however is content to live off unemployment and spend it to fuel his drinking habit. This is shown when out young protagonist “Scout” says “He was the only man I’ve ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness”. To me this
Respect Is Key In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee represents that respect is treating others the way one wants to be treated even though someone may be hard to respect. Social justice requires respect because being respectful to someone could help the situation. The character of Atticus Finch demonstrates respect by respecting the outcasts, gender, and different races. Atticus is respectful to the outcasts such as Boo Radley.
An Enotes certified educator says it best when she states, "…Boo Radley is discriminated against due to beliefs formed about him based on rumors." (K.H. Tamara 1). For these reasons, it is clear that Lee is commentating on the intolerance of people who did not fit in with everyone else, and how it is essentially unacceptable to be different. Secondly, Racial discrimination is prevalent throughout the novel.
In the novel, ‘To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates the small, imaginary town, the Maycomb County, as a place where racism and social inequality happens in the background of 1930s America. Not only the segregation between whites and blacks, but also the poor lived in a harsh state of living. As Scout, the young narrator, tells the story, Lee introduces and highlights the effects of racism and social inequality on the citizens of Maycomb County by using various characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell. Firstly, Harper Lee portrays Boo Radley as a victim of social inequality through adjectives and metaphor in the phrase, “There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten;” ‘Long jagged scar that ran across his face’ tells us that Boo Radley has stereotype about his appearance, which forces to imagine Boo as a scary and threatening person. The phrase, ‘yellow and rotten’ make the readers think as if Boo Radley is poor and low in a social hierarchy, as he cannot afford to brush his teeth.
In the 1930’s disrespect was a big problem because people didn’t accept others for who they were, when we are really all the same on the inside. In To Kill a Mockingbird disrespect is shown because the story is set in the 1930’s, in a small town called Maycomb. Jem and Scout’s father is defending a black man in court. The black man, Tom, was on trial for being accused of rapping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Disrespect is shown when Francis calls Atticus names because he is defending Tom.
Effects of Racism “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics. ”-Alex Haley To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel that is greatly affected by the way others see the world. Scout, a young girl, growing up in Maycomb a place where racism is accepted.
Though most of the town Maycomb feels negatively and discriminates the African-Americans, characters like Atticus show us how one person can impact his surroundings if he has high morals. Although he couldn’t change the mindset of the other town residents , he made sure that his own children didn’t discriminate people, purely on the basis of their skin colour. Racism can be seen even in the first few chapters of the book. These racist comments by nonracist children typify the culture in which they were growing up.
The poet, Lascelles Abercrombie once said, “There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man 's general destiny.”. He talked about how powerful of a tool symbolism is and how it is the only thing that can truly define a highly complex ‘destiny’ or series of events. Symbolism is something that is found throughout Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee shows the reader that racism is a product of society,she portrays the matter through her symbolism of the mad dog, the birds and the bugs.
In the literary works Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the “Rwandan Genocide,” many human rights outlined in “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” were violated. Night is an autobiography written by Elie Wiesel, who was a Jew that survived the Holocaust. He suffered in several different concentration camps, enduring the pain they inflicted. To Kill a Mockingbird is a historical fiction novel written in retrospect of fictional events. Scout, the narrator, is a young girl whose family is experiencing the Depression and segregation.
For instance, lots of the people in Maycomb would avoid black people throughout the story because they were considered the lowest class of people. Lots of white people in town would make comments about black people or ignore them. The majority of white people gave them a hard time. One example of this would be when Mr. Raymond talks to Scout about how white people treat black people. The text states, “‘Cry about the simple hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to that they’re people, too’”