She shows this through an African American character named Tom Robinson, his representative, Atticus Finch and the happenings of his trial. In the book, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson to convey how racial discrimination is used in the supreme court. Just because of Tom’s complexion, he was put in jail and killed for a crime he did not commit. Lee really conveys the theme of how Tom was heavily discriminated against just due to his skin complexion. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch talks about higher white power.
Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird to describe her life experiences through the great depression. In the book she connects the Jim Crow laws with mob mentality, and racism. The connection to America’s history is how Jim Crow is used in the novel. Jim Crow was a set of laws to ensure that whites were superior to blacks. Some people thought the laws were needed because the whites thought the blacks were going to take their jobs.
To Kill A Mockingbird is primarily a southern gothic type of novel in the sense that it takes place in the south and explores both dark and comedic elements. The main focus of the story is a court trial of a crippled black man named Tom Robinson. Scout is the main character. Her friends, neighbors and family are all used to lead up to the powerful and realistic conflict that must have influenced the authors emotions. The novel takes place in the fictional southern town of Maycomb Alabama.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley are two characters who represent the mockingbird. In the midst of finding who Boo truly is, Atticus Finch explains to his children, Jem and Scout, that it is a sin to kill the bird because they don’t do anything but make music. As the story progresses, and the two “mockingbirds” are being accused and attacked both verbally and physically, the identity of the mockingbirds surfaces. Tom Robinson was a crippled African American man whose left arm was a foot shorter than his right, where it was caught in a cotton gin. He was trying to help out Mayella Ewell by gathering firewood and chopping dressers because he felt sorry for her, but was accused of rape because of his color.
Introduction: To kill a mocking bird is a book written by Harper Lee in 1961 which the story turns around social problems such as prejudice and racism against African American in south of United States in 1930’s. The protagonist in this story is Atticus Finch as a father for two children, Lawyer in Mayacomb city and a hero in defending an African American accused man against the wave of oppression and racism of the time.Atticus finch characterization by Harper lee let the reader fully emerge in the story which is told by his daughter Scout as a first person narrator. Atticus Finch is the father of two children. His character can best be described as a man whose character is nearly the complete opposite of the general population of the town. He is a man without prejudice and racial hatred and is a benevolent man of strong morals.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
The Scottsboro Trials and To Kill a Mockingbird In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the famous father named Atticus says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it (Judith 2). This quote is said during a time of intense racism. “Not long after Obama took office, the National Urban League released its 2009 State of Black America report. The findings showed that racial inequities continued in employment, housing, health care, education, criminal justice, and other areas” (Buckley 1). This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it ” (Lee 39). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a story about equality, whether that be in gender, race, age, or social standard. A story that shows growth and understanding within the characters of problems that still take effect till this day. This story is set during the Great Depression, in the small, quiet southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. A place where people resent blacks and are judged upon their status quo or family history.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression. The city of Maycomb is a very racist city and thinks one race is more superior than the other. Boo Radley is a white individual who never left his house because of the ways society viewed him. Tom Robinson was a black man who got framed of a crime that he did not do. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the symbol of a Mockingbird is shown multiple times throughout the book through Boo Radley and Tom Robinson showing their innocents.
In the end, the nine men were sentenced to lengthy prison time. Many lawyers and American citizens claimed that the suspected motivation for the result of the case was racial prejudice. This case from Lee’s childhood drove her to create To Kill a Mockingbird. Her innocence when hearing about the rape case influenced how she portrays Scout 's innocence regarding the racial injustice and the court case in the novel. By using first person point of view as well as symbolism, Lee explains how important childlike innocence and moral upbringing are to a child and how it can shape one’s life.