In that time, there were many heavy social standards and one of those standards was accepting Jim Crow. One example of one person not being able to combat Jim Crow due to the social pressure was in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the characters, Dolphus Raymond, liked hanging out with black people and was friends with them. He knew that there was pressure against it, so he took the cowardly way out by pretending to be drunk as an excuse to hang out with them. The fictional character of Mr. Raymond is a great embodiment of the mental state of the silent few in America that knew that Jim Crow was wrong, but didn’t have the means or willpower to end it.
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
The men were not informed how the disease is spread from one individual to another. While the men were easily persuaded because they were not well educated, they were also willing to join because fifty dollars would be given to each man. During this time many African American men suffered financially; racism and segregation were still very common during this time frame. Miss Evers and Dr. Brodus were taking part in an unethical act when they took advantage of the men in terms of their lack of knowledge and money. Miss Evers and the Doctor knew very well that the men were uneducated and poor, so they used these two factors to gain their own personal gain.
I asked him that night … and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent” (180). This is evidence he does not coddle his children unlike most parents from this time period, he just bites the bullet. He does not sugarcoat the truth, and this is good because it helps Scour get ready for life back then, and the risks. Lastly, “’In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life’”
Ineffectiveness of the law system meant that so many people violating the law would still be out there walking free. Juries failed to convict individuals who were brought to prosecution for making, transporting or selling alcohol illegally. Even those who went to speakeasies were supposed to be arrested and convicted but juries showed too much sympathy because most of these individuals arrested were just ordinary people. Although gangsters could get only less sympathy, they had money and could bribe both judges and juries. Therefore, each time an arrest was made, the likelihood of an individual who was arrested walking back to the community was high.
In the event of drunks breaking the Company’s window, Windrider stays calm and offers to help rebuild it. When Moon Shadow was getting bullied, he stayed calm and then later stood up to the bully but at the end showed sportsmanship. Lastly, when the authorities were being unfair to the Tang men, the company stood up to them and threatened to leave if they didn’t get the fair treatment they deserved. In the situation where someone treats you unfairly or makes fun of you based on how you look, take Moon Shadow’s and Windrider examples and remain calm and don’t overreact. Look at the examples of how to handle bullying and discrimination Moon Shadow and WIndrider show us in the book Dragonwings, by laurence
Finally, Lennie is discriminated against in Of Mice and Men because he is mentally disabled. Like Crooks who is black, he has no control over this fact, but it separates him from other men and makes him feel a little isolated. It also can get him into a lot of trouble as is shown when they leave
This problem later inspired Thoreau to write his essay “Civil Disobedience”. Thoreau’s idea of civil disobedience was where there are less people running the government, the better it is. Because of the hassle of Thoreau getting arrested, his essay was an inspiration to many people. Some of them were Martin Luther King Junior, Leo Tolstoy, and Mahatma
In S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, two different gangs, the Greasers and the Socs detested each other. The author uses Ponyboy Curtis to demonstrate a Greaser’s opinion of the Socs. Ponyboy had an evolving conception of the Socs. At the beginning, he disliked the Socs because they are rich and have no problems, but he changes his opinion because of some discussions he had with a few of the Socs. His final opinion is that the Socs are just people after all, and they have problems too.
Research Paper Philosophers create wise quotes, which followers of these people try to translate it or connect it like a puzzle. This goes over their heads, that most quotes are intertwined in History and everyday lives. A promising quote from Kenya would be “A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.” This can be interpreted as a man will use aggression and force when he has no logical reasoning to make his point.
Since the 1930’s, milestones have been reached as to racial equality and equal rights in America, but there are still issues between black and white. Today, racism is an existing part of society. News headlines of “Police Brutality” flash across the television screen from time to time. Racial stereotypes are a common mindset for some people. Back in the 1930’s however, racism and segregation was everywhere.
Values in To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird shows that you should not judge a book by its cover, that actions speak louder than words, and that seemingly good people can be filled with exuberant flaws. There are several examples of characters in To Kill a Mockingbird that are portrayed as bad people in the beginning of the book that turn out to be heroes. Other characters such as Mrs. Merriweather and Aunt Alexandra criticise others and are generally hypocritical, even though they come across as pinnacles of politeness and wholesome values. Because characters such as Boo Radley and Mrs. Dubose are originally shown as bad people and then are shown as heroic and other supposedly good people like Mrs. Merriweather are shown to be hypocritical and callous, this book shows that it is of the utmost importance to thoroughly examine a person before you judge them, and that hypocrisy or other faults of character can be present in people with pious reputations.
Though many people think that emotion helps make rational resolutions, often times it hurts one’s ability to do so. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the protagonist, and her family discover the need for logic when her father takes an important court case. Sadly, most of the people of Maycomb in the 1930s became corrupt because they do not use rationality in their lives. Throughout the novel, Scout and the reader both learn that one should not let their emotions rule their reason when making decisions. Even before the court case began, Scout learns about the recurring theme of logic being more effective than her feelings when forming opinions of others and in communicating.