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.
The reason I think that is because she follows all six of the pillars of character which are, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship. Rosie is trustworthy because anybody can tell her secret and she won’t give it away. Next she is never mean to anybody and she follows rules. When Rosie has something due the next day she makes sure she gets it done. She is a very fair person because she doesn’t take sides at all.
She suddenly has no personality accept to escape with Equality. She worships Equality to a point where it is almost border line pathetic. Her actions and words, as demonstrated here “.... they [Liberty] wait obediently, without questions, till it pleases us to turn and go on” (Rand 85), is infuriating. Suddenly she does anything to appease Equality. She never questions his actions or words.
The children are intrigue about a man named, Boo Radley who stabbed his own father in the leg with a pair of scissors and are curious to know more about him. During the summer, Boo Radley leaves small presents like gums, dolls, soaps, pennies for Scout and Jem in a knothole and this lead the children to become carious about Boo and also to develop a sort of friendship with him. The Rising Action Tension mounted in Maycomb after Atticus decided to defend Tom Robinson, an African –American man accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, the oldest daughter of Mr. Bob Ewell. Atticus lawyer, a man of high moral standards, refused to pass on the case to another lawyer and instead stands firm in his conviction to defend Tom Robinson. Despite Jem and Scout respect for Atticus for his position to defend a black man, the rest of the town didn’t but rather gossip about this incident.
Jem and Scout are taught a very different, and more humane, way of treating people, regardless of how different the person may be, by their father, Atticus. He teaches them that “you never really understand a person… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (P 33). Scout tries to apply this as she struggles to understand the inhumanity she witnesses around her, but is largely unsuccessful until the end of the novel. Only after walking Arthur home on the night Arthur saved her life did she truly understand this; “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.
He treats his children with respect, and explains to them what they do not understand. The text states, "I never went to school,' he said, 'but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she'll get after me, and I wouldn't want her after me'" (Lee 42). The text later states, "Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you go shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'" (Lee 119). Atticus's constant guidance helps the children make the right choices throughout the
Even though Walter is not a key player in the the novel, his character still faces discrimination,he is discriminated against because of his family's social class. He is looked down upon by Scout, because he pours molasses all over his lunch, while visiting the Finch's home. Scout rudely asks him why he poured molasses all over his food. When Calpurnia speaks to Scout about it, Scout says “He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham” (Lee ,13). Scout feels as though Walter is not a proper guest in her home because of his family being lower class.
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. In some schools, To Kill a Mockingbird is mandatory for students to read (“Harper Lee dies at 89: A quiet life, a lasting legacy-- see the photos” 2) however, in others it is banned. Jon Stewart said there is a “gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist” (Judith 2). There are similarities between the famous Scottsboro Trials and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. THE SCOTTSBORO TRIALS There were nine African American teenagers aboard a freight train during March of 1931 in Jackson County, Alabama (Alex 1).
The coexistence of good and evil is found deeply embedded in every great story. Complex themes are born from this relationship and many can be found scattered in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel takes place in the 1930s and it revolves around the Finch siblings, Jem and Scout, as they grow up in the south and start to discover the truth about their society with their father, Atticus Finch, who is a talented lawyer, and the people of Maycomb County. During this era of hate, Atticus is charged with the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. As Jem and Scout start to grow up and realize the racism of their community, people like Miss Maudie, Dill, and many others that reside in Maycomb County, encounters many events that start to shape the siblings for better or worse.
"(Lee 30) All members of the Finch family show compassion towards others in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird", Scout shows compassion to Mrs. Dubose, Jem shows compassion to Aunt Alexandria, and Atticus shows compassion towards Tom Robinson. Scout is one of the main characters and a member of the Finch family, she shows compassion towards Mrs. Dubose and her new teacher. After Jem and Scout ruin Mrs. Dubose 's garden they have to read to her and when Scout sees "a brass bed, and in the bed Mrs. Dubose. I wondered if Jem 's activities had put her there, and for a moment I felt sorry for her. (Lee 30) Scout shows compassion by feeling sorry for destroying her garden, even though what she had said to them was unacceptable and nasty.