The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them. This book shows how labels can affect almost everyone and shows how you can be judged on almost anything.
Shanna McGrath Mrs. Noe English 9A A 30 December 2015 To Kill a Mockingbird Today Intolerance was abundant in the 1930’s and still is today. Racial intolerance is where people do not accept someone because of their race. It is cruel for anyone to not include or to harm someone because they look different or have a different ethnicity. However people were raised to think they were better than someone else, because their parents believed in a superior race. Racism is a type of intolerance that still occurs today.
The invisible modification that Maycomb has inserted, not consciously, into this phrase, is “white”. Maycomb certainly believes in equality, yet what they truly believe is equality for the white population. The white community has unintentionally created its own selective version of equality, in which prejudice against the black population is not considered unjust due to the fact that they are not seen as true humans created with the intention of being treated on the same level. The white population enforces cruel injustice upon the black community in every aspect of life, yet in their world it isn’t that they are refusing equality to the black citizens; it is that the black citizens were never part of equality in the first place. For instance, even in the court there is never a chance that Tom Robinson would receive unbiased treatment.
Even though the jury knew that Tom Robinson was innocent and that Bob Ewell was lying, they still had to convict Tom Robinson just because he was black. Jem, not being racially prejudiced, could not understand this mentality. In addition the prejudice that the citizens of Maycomb felt towards the black community manifests itself through the way they treat the Finch family, even though they are white and Atticus is a respected member of the town. Even though Atticus was just following his obligation to defend Tom Robinson, the town still turned against and shunned them, even by members of their own family. An example of this occurs when Scout and Jem walk past Mrs. Dubose’s house and Mrs. Dubose insults their father: “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee 105).
Not only are songs and articles written all the time but so are books on the ways of racism and To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most popular, most famous books about the world of racism. It speaks about how the blacks are not as important as the whites and how it 's uncommon and ¨inhuman¨ of any of the white community to at all stick up or help any of the blacks. "You know the truth, the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men cannot 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." (217 Lee).
The majority of the whites hated them, but there were still some who tried to help them. They decided the blacks weren 't human because of their skin color and there language. Very similar to the holocaust all over Germany-the Germans decided to start a mass genocide and attempt to kill off all Jews (and other surrounding countries) mostly because they assumed that they were the reason for Germany 's poverty. Slave trade originally started in Africa (blacks selling blacks for money), but they eventually came to America and were sold here. The whites that supported this decided they could treat blacks less than human because they knew they could, and 'everyone else did it ' so that made it ok to do it too.
To bespeak, Atticus states the following, directing it to the jury, “You know the truth, and 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 the truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men,” (273). Atticus made the jury aware of the fact that not all black men are dangerous, nor are they all the stereotypical black men that are
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
In society, there are very few people who have the unwavering dedication to stand up for what they believe. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man was convicted and accused of a crime he didn 't commit, raping a white women, which is not in anyway tolerable in society. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird, the author used point of view and symbolism to acknowledge how the the several social divisions which make up much of the adult world are shown to be both irrational and extremely destructive. To begin with, the short story To Kill A Mockingbird, used point of view to show how the many social divisions in the world are irrational and destructive. Scout; a first grade student at the time, was telling the story from her point of view and what had occurred from her childhood perspective.
By analyzing the struggle of these individuals throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader observes that the prejudiced society hurts the mockingbirds; this is important because the author demonstrates it is a sin to harm an innocent being. To start, Mayella Ewell symbolizes a mockingbird that the discriminatory society misjudges as a result of her low social class. When Scout is in first grade, readers see that the Ewells are poor and struggle to survive. Atticus tells Scout, “the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations” (Lee 40). Maycomb judges the Ewells by their social class: poor whites.
“‘Scout,’said Atticus, ‘nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t really mean anything-- like snot nose. It’s hard to explain-- Ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves...they want a common, ugly term to label somebody”(107-109). Atticus explains this to Scout because although inconsiderate people use these names to shame anyone in relation to black people, Atticus wanted to make sure Scout wasn’t losing her head over what he believed he truly was. These events changed Jem’s point of racial dishonesty by showing him there will always be a bias point of view, and for Scout there is always a positive thing to come out of something
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells a story of racial prejudice during the Depression and how it is combated. The main development in the novel is that a Atticus, the father of Scout and Jem, has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman named Mayella. Many people in the town of Maycomb, particularly people involved with the case of Tom, have a negative attitude towards African Americans. Prejudice was a terrible issue in the South during the Depression, but Atticus Finch shows that racial injustice can be combated in two main ways, each having different levels of effectiveness. One way to combat prejudice is to show racially biased people that their ideas are wrong.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee uses discrimination and injustice to tell us readers that you shouldn 't judge others by the way they live life or their actions because you can always be wrong. In the story many people are being discriminated because of their race , gender and even age. During the book we have many examples of discrimination especially in the case with Tom Robinson. We have many examples of how many people used to and still discriminate African Americans. In Mayella Ewell’s case we see many examples of discrimination because Bob Ewell made up a whole story that Tom Robinson raped when it clearly wasn’t true.
A good example would be when Walter’s teacher offers to loan him a quarter, which he did not accept because Walter is not able to repay her. Overall, blacks were treated the worst because of their different skin color. In other words, if blacks didn’t listen to whites or do anything they were told they would get beaten, or possibly lynched by a mob of whites. Gender is another way Harper Lee shows discrimination in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout is a tomboy in the novel, her family does not not like that very much, especially Aunt Alexandra.
There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life” (Lee 295) - Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel set in the 1930’s in Maycomb County when racism was more often seen than today. A town with a racist society filled with many white racist individuals.