In this section I will however only address the centrality of racism and white supremacy as theme of CRT in the context of the book. Racism Charles Lawrence asserts that American racism is prevalent and is unconscious .After Mr Radley fired his gun, the neighbors assumed that “Mr Radley shot a Negro in his collard patch.” They made this conclusion without solid proof that it was indeed a black man. Racial prejudice runs so deep that even the children have come accustomed to it. Scout was teased by her classmate and cousin Francis because Atticus was defending a black man. Although Calpurnia has been useful to the Finch family, Aunt Alexandra refuses Scout to visit Calpurnia and incites Atticus to fire her because she is black.
At first, Jem was easily startled. After he went through the consequence he changed into a more patient person, but he still wasn’t sorry for destroying Ms. Dubose’s bushes. In Maycomb there is a house where an interesting family called the Radleys lives in. Scout and Jem are both afraid of the Radleys house because of Boo Radley. Rumors say that most crimes are done by him, mostly nocturnal events like mutilated chickens and pets.
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.
This short story tells about a mother and her son. Ever since he was young, even though he was mostly a good boy, the son has clearly had some issues. He would never tell the truth and it was sickening to hear that he had supposedly killed his own beloved pet cat Trudy with firecrackers. That’s how serial killers are born. It’s not right and he clearly has a messed up moral meter.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...] Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused.
Marquez’s characterization of the creature makes the reader sympathize with him because the locals do not know how to care for him. Since the creature is so diverse, the community treats him like “…a science experiment, a holy figure, and a freak show.” (p. 150) Likewise, when I was a child, I was illiterate until the third grade. Being a late bloomer in life can affect a child’s self-esteem because I was reading the first-grade book in a fifth-grade class and automatically was subjected to bullying and isolation like the creature in “The Old Man with Enormous Wings”. For example, When Pelayo and Elisenda discovered the creature, they tried to rid of him on a raft, but the creature had been discovered in the chicken coop, and the villagers were tossing food for him to eat “…as if he weren’t a supernatural creature but a circus animal.” (p.150) Objectively, the experience I encountered as a child allows me to perceive this story with deeper understanding and created sympathy for others that considered “freak shows” in
With this new knowledge, he tries to introduce himself to the blind Mr. Delacey but that sadly results in a brutal beating from the family. After acquiring all the new knowledge, he should know that this is a bad idea but continues anyway. This suggests that knowledge is not rightly learned through books but needs to be learned through experience. This leads to his hatred of humans and the killing of many of Victor’s friends and family. The monster is flooded with information after reading these books.
For instance, people often put up fronts, which then surprises others when someone’s true self is revealed. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is surprised when Atticus tells her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…(or) until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (30) This is after Scout is told off by Miss Caroline, at school, for being able to read and write. However, the same thing applies to when Scout and Jem find a
These books and his other works shows that his writing style can be risqué and to some, distasteful. He writes about hard hitting topics and he does not sugar coat the characters’ true feelings. Additionally, some parents at Glenrock, Wyoming disagreed with the passages in the book Flowers for Algernon; the parents surprisingly compared the book to pornography magazines such as Playboy and the Hustler (Munley ¶ 4). This caused the book to be banned for “Explicit, distasteful love scenes…” by Glen Rose High School, Oberlin High School, Glenrock High School, Plant City, Florida, and Emporium, Pennsylvania (¶
Though the residents of Maycomb, Alabama were quick to judge their African American counterparts, Scout’s father, Atticus, knew better than to agree with them. Although Scout was curious about the truth behind her classmates harsh words, she quickly disregarded their meaning after digesting her father’s advice and began to form her own mature beliefs and thoughts about race at an unusually young age. For instance, in To Kill a Mockingbird, “‘...My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that n****r oughta hang from the water tank!’ I drew a bead on him ,