The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
The writer, Harper Lee, in chapter 9 of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird conveys social racism. For example, when Atticus tells Scout how lawyers have black clients but not all lawyers try to do a good job at defending the black person. The writer, Harper Lee, in chapter 10 of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates resistance. For example, when all of Scouts classmates are being rude to her because her dad is on the Tom Robinson rape case Scout ignores them because she had promised her dad that shw wouldn’t get into anymore fights with other kids.
Discrimination is shown throughout To Kill A Mockingbird in numerous ways. Racism and prejudice are shown when the jury makes the ruling to convict Tom Robinson as guilty, despite all of the evidence to prove his innocence; Scout is known for being a tomboy. The lessons about discrimination that Scout learns throughout the novel are applicable to all types of prejudice, Atticus Finch, the father of Scout and Jem Finch, is judged for defending Tom Robinson, an innocent man accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a low class teenage girl. Since most of the community is racist, Tom Robinson’s case is very hard for Atticus to defend. They do not believe a white man should be defending a black man.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story, through the eyes of Scout, a young girl living in Maycomb County, Alabama. Scout is raised in an odd time in American history when racism and prejudice were routine. Scout was surrounded by people that forced to learn many crucial life lessons and help her mature into a respectable lady. List points Firstly, Atticus taught Scout many important lessons, but most importantly, not to be prejudice, and treat everybody equally. This was extremely important in Scout’s growth as a person because at the time many people were blinded by racism.
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Racism is one of the core themes found throughout the novel. In 1930, Maycomb, Alabama has the stereotype of being a sleepy town which is populated with desperately poor African Americans. In this novel, the main plot involves the father of the main character, Scout Finch, representing an African American man, Tom Robinson, in court whom is accused of abusing and raping a caucasian girl based off of fabricated charges, especially seeing as he is physically disabled. He is regularly taunted by the white people in town and is followed around and called racial slurs. In this trial, the children are exposed to the harsh reality of racism and stereotyping that were seen in that point in time.
Option 2 Literary Analysis To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel set during the 1930s in a small town in Southern Alabama called Maycomb. The story is told through the narrator, Scout, a young girl who lives with her father, a lawyer, and her older brother Jem. As a child, Scout is portrayed as a stubborn and obnoxious little girl who loves to read, play with her brother Jem, and fantasize about her mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. However, her life gets turned upside down when Scout’s father agrees to do something that is deemed unacceptable in the south; he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping a white girl. Instantly, Atticus and his family go from being respected and beloved by their town, to being
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee uses Scout and Arthur Radley to show that “ To understand someone’s perspective, you need to know their point of view”, this reveals that to know someone’s way of doing and thinking you need to view things in their point of view. The author uses characterization to show the perspective of the kids towards Arthur Radley “Boo Radley...dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could find..what teeth he had were yellow and rotten…(16). This is how ARthur was introduced in the beginning of the book. This shows that Scout and Jem have these thoughts of Arthur as a mean guy, but have no actually seen him in person.
Harper Lee uses many techniques in To Kill a Mockingbird to achieve the goal of character development. One way Harper Lee exhibits this is by using inner thinking when Scout holds back from fighting Cecil. Scout is eager to fight Cecil because he was making fun of her father, Atticus, for defending a black man in court who goes by the name of Tom Robinson. In chapter nine, Scout was ready to throw a punch but realizes that would not make matters better. “My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly … I was far too old and too big for such childish things, and the sooner I learn to hold it in, the better off everybody would be” (Lee, 99).
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that delves into the inner workings of Southern society in Maycomb County, an imaginary town that epitomizes the South in the twentieth century. Scout, an innocent and young but tomboyish girl, is directly exposed to the racial prejudices at the time as her father takes on trial of Tom Robinson, an African American who was charged of rape by the poverty-stricken Ewell family. As a result, Scout faces the reactions from the town and views the trial firsthand, leading her onward to maturation as she realizes how the biased society can’t truly provide justice. In her successful search for justice, her steady development leads to a loss of innocence from her initially naive perceptions, revealing her eventual acceptance of how morality can exist even in times of
The motif of getting into someone else’s shoes is represented throughout To Kill A Mockingbird as the children in the novel struggle to understand each other and their world. Scout, Dill, and Jem try to use these messages of compassion in their world, but it doesn’t make any affect and they constantly see people abusing others because of prejudice. These messages target readers in the 1960’s and today, because we witness the same abuse of innocent people and understand that these actions are wrong, yet no one strives for change and the horrors continue. While Lee builds the idea of getting into someone else’s shoes, the perspective of children and subplots throughout the novel highlight that without acting on new beliefs and applying forgiveness, prejudice will pass onto the next generation.
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird In the early 60’s To Kill A Mockingbird was written with the intention of showcasing the cruel and surreal truth about the southern states. Harper Lee wrote this to not only allow readers to see how mit was in these states but to also show the love and compassion of a small town family. Harper Lee’s use of characters, symbolism, and conflict perfectly reflects on how Racism was a very infamous part of America.