I think by reading this book, that perhaps Harper Lee has fulfilled her intentions with me as a reader, that I have therefore become a better person. I find Atticus a very idealistic, moral character. He has a great sense of humor and tries his best to raise his children as a single parent. I like how Lee used the first part of To Kill a Mockingbird for us to get to know Atticus as a person and a father, not just as a white lawyer defending an African American. Atticus also has strong views on the treatment of whites toward blacks; I loved what he said in the book: "As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day 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
Yet, there were times when whites were discriminated against, too. Many high society individuals segregated against blacks, as well as individuals of their own race due to their social stratification or relationship. Mr. Dolphus Raymond was a white man who was an outcast, because of his relationship with a lady who was black. "Jem," I asked, "what's a mixed child?" "Half white, half colored.
The people of Maycomb place stereotypes on him from stories and allow their imagination to make false accusations. Not only do they place stereotypes on Boo, they place stereotypes on those of different races, mainly blacks, and never question or think they are wrong. These exaggerated rumors affect many of the people, and are viewed as acceptable because of the specific structure of the town. The stereotypes exemplify the disrespect the people have for each other and illustrate the solution needed to avoid this problem. Classism is also embedded into the structure of the town and often affects the lower classes, such as poor whites, mixed races, and blacks.
In addition a lot of things happen to people in Maycomb while they were trying to figure out Boo Radley, Scout and Jem (two main characters) have two mysteries they’re trying to figure out. If the story took place somewhere else it would be different because the different setting would possibly mean more/less people. It could be less mysterious, and the economy would be different along with the weather. Paragraph 3 Character Analysis: One character I would like to focus on is Scout Finch, a nine-year old girl that is very social, kind, and adventurous. She is very social because she makes friends easily with young and old people.
Author’s writing way of telling about Georgiana was very good, but he must have given something about her character as well. I think the way he explains the spot on Georgiana was the best way to attract the readers because the reader gets some imagination in his mind. The birthmark seems good to many people but not for his husband. The author in this way wants to say that the thing that when some do not have a thing then he likes that but when we get those things, then we do not feel comfortable with them and we want some improvement. Aylmer is the philosopher and that is why he always thinks the things should be just perfect.
He defends Tom Robinson despite the fact that he knows that the odds of him winning the case are extremely slim because he is trying to defend a black man against a white woman. Atticus continues to remain optimistic although, he hopes that the jury will change and look past the racial difference. Atticus sees how the town of Maycomb has changed due to the great depression saying “Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them the hardest”. (Lee 33) Having a character such as Mr. Finch is important to the plot, someone who can see the town of Maycomb for how it truly is. When Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout from Mr. Ewell it begins a new relationship between Atticus and another outcast, Boo Radley.
The character Dolphus Raymond is one of the first motives of a mockingbird ascertained in the novel. The people of Maycomb judge and dislike Dolphus because he is a white man who hangs around with the Negroes. According to others, it is not acceptable to be married to a person of another colour and have children with them, which is the position Dolphus is in. “They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white, white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere.” (Lee 161).
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
There is also discrimination of social status. The town of Maycomb has different social classes ranging from the “normal people” like the Finch family to the working class people like the Cunninghams, to the poor people or trash like the Ewells, and dead last are the black folks. Even at the beginning of the book Jem addresses this by saying “The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks.” Also, Walter Cunningham or the family for that matter are discriminated by Aunt Alexandra who calls him trash and doesn 't want Scout “picking up their habits.” Because of these views, a man named Dolphus Raymond has convinced the entire town that the reason he is raising a child with a black woman is that he is in the clutches of whiskey. While he is really just a sober man with a kind heart but no one will view that acceptable because he is with a black woman. It isn 't illegal for a white man to marry a black woman but society makes it seem like it because of how
This important theme combats racism throughout the story. For example, Mr. Underwood is portrayed as a racist at the beginning of the story, but he writes a column in the paper condemning the results of the Tom Robinson case and respecting the job done by Atticus (Lee 276). Underwood may have his beliefs, but the diplomacy Atticus expresses makes Underwood realize his beliefs may be flawed. Atticus shows diplomacy towards all, such as towards Mrs. Dubose in chapter 11, “When the three of us came to her house, Atticus would sweep off his hat, wave gallantly to her and say, ‘Good evening, Mrs. Dubose! You look like a picture this evening’” (Lee 115).
Discrimination was everywhere during the 1900’s when this book was set. Prejudice in this book is displayed by hate for any colored or mixed racial people. During this time in the southern states, blacks had their own bathrooms, drinking fountains, churches, and even go to separate schools just because the whites looked down upon them and wouldn 't want to be contaminated by the “black germs.” The novel has many accounts of racism and prejudice. Although racism and segregation were pointed towards blacks, other races such as hispanic, native american, and asian were also treated with racism. Harper Lee showed us that most races were treated with racism and disrespect.
Tom was an African American man, who was discriminated against in the town of Maycomb. He was classified as an abusive and untrustworthy man. Atticus was perceived as a nigger- lover because of being involved with Tom, but because of this the colored people of Maycomb recognized Atticus as a man of character. The
He had compassion in his heart and the thought of equality in his mind. He understood when people needed help but could not pay for it, and he knew that “it takes a long time sometimes…that you all’d ride [the harsh times] out together [SIC]” (205-206). He was troubled by the narrow- mindedness and prejudice of the townspeople. He knew, sadly, that the people in the court would automatically assume “that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women” (273). Atticus felt that he needed to uphold the justice.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus as well as other characters throughout the book offer many tips of advice on life to not only the characters in the book but also to real human beings. Atticus experienced a difficult case where he was a defending a black man that was guilty before stepping into the courthouse. As this event was going on, Atticus gives advice to his kids and how life can be seen from a different perspective by stepping into someone else’s shoes. To people reading this book, all the events that unfold and the advices many characters give should be of great importance. They show that racism comes from those of evil and that hatred is inhuman.
Lastly, Atticus Finch, possibly the most important symbolic character, represents justice throughout the whole novel. Atticus practices and teaches his children to be morally correct and to do what is right. Going against what the majority of the residents, Atticus hopes for justice and tries to do what seems impossible in Maycomb—prove a black man innocent based solely on the word of a white family. Although the case doesn’t conclude in Tom’s favor and Atticus doesn’t get the just verdict he wanted, Robinson is eventually avenged by another mistreated member of Maycomb—Boo Radley. Atticus proves himself a good lawyer, however, justice is not served until Boo Radley finally kills demented Bob Ewell.