Billy Graham said, “Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death.” Harper Lee depicts this in To Kill a Mockingbird by illustrating racism through Tom Robinson’s unjust trial. The novel is set in the 1930s in a small southern town in Alabama called Maycomb. In the town, a black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The people of Maycomb are quick to accuse Tom due to his race.
The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book. But judging a person by its race is the main reason why in the past we had these racist issues.
Final Essay Outline: Thesis Statement/opening paragraph: In the story To Kill A Mockingbird, discrimination and the act of being prejudice is common among the main characters, on both the receiving and serving end. Certain characters, like Scout and Jeremy Finch, Bob Ewell, and the town folk truly create the main problem and set the theme of the story. For example, when Bob Ewell accuses Atticus Finch of being an african-american lover, because he is defending Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, according to Bob. Boo Radley is accused of being dead by Scout, Jem and Dill.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an inspiring tale exploring an abundance of flaws in humanity and giving insight into the worst kind of people we can be. The novel covers many controversial topics, such as rampant racism, prejudice, and hypocrisy. The story follows Jem and Scout Finch, the children of Atticus Finch, a lawyer appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama. This forces Atticus to deal with the stress and judgment of defending Tom in a society where no one wants to side with him, while Jem and Scout face a similar judgment for being Atticus’ children. Lee uses this setting to paint an extremely vivid picture of prejudice, which shows just how profound their effects can be.
When people around the town found out that Atticus was going to help Tom Robinson in court, they began to call him racist names and to disrespect him as if he was African American. The children of Atticus were verbally abused, being called names as their father was. “That evening a mob went to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson, and it looked as if they would toss Atticus aside if they had to.” (Lee, 278). Right after Tom Robinson’s trial as he was in jail, a mop came and tried to kill him.
Racism, or hating another person simply because of the color of their skin, is wrong. It has been a problem in our country a very long time. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell, a white man, accused Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping his daughter. Because Tom was black, and the people in Maycomb, Ala., were racists, Tom did not have a chance of getting a fair trial. I strongly disagree with Bob Ewell and his racist ways.
In the novel, racism is most prevalent when Atticus takes up a case where a African-American man has been accused of raping a white girl, and Atticus is fighting for Tom Robinson who is the accused rapist. Tom Robinson, the kindly, meek and physically disabled black accused of the rape, is the target of innumerable racial taunts and is regularly referred to by angry white town folks as a “nigger.” Later, in scenes involving Tom Robinson and the angry white mobs that aim to lynch him that reveal
Prejudice is dislike, hostility, or unjust behavior deriving from unfounded opinions. To Kill a Mockingbird is a book written in 1960 that takes place in Maycomb County in 1930 during the Great Depression. Prejudice is most responsible for injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird because prejudice is Maycomb 's identity and many people such as Tom Robinson, Mr. Raymond, and Boo Radley are all innocent victims of dislike, hostility, and unjust behavior derived from unfounded opinions and bias from Maycomb 's inhabitants. The prime victim of injustice in this book is Tom Robinson because he is black he is mistreated with racial prejudice from the people who inhabit Maycomb County as well as the court 's jury.
Despite many attempts by prominent social figures to weaken it, prejudice and racism is deeply ingrained in society. In To Kill a Mockingbird, which takes place during the Great-Depression era of Alabama, racism is a main point of debate. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the setting, character’s tone, and Scout’s narration so that the audience can understand racism and change their attitude about it. The story centers on the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.
One of the main events in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus Finch’s case involving a black man, Tom Robinson, and a white female, Mayella Ewell. She was known for being part of one of the most disgusting families in town and accusing Mr. Robinson of raping her after she asked him inside the house to help her with a chore. Since she was white and Mr. Robinson was black, no matter what was said, the jury would take the white persons side of it due to the discrimination of blacks during that time. With Lee being the daughter of a well-known lawyer in the county it is evident that she was aware of the happenings of the Scottsboro Case enough to have been the influence of the Robinson Case in To Kill a Mockingbird. During this time period blacks had no authority and often looked over no matter the circumstances.
African Americans for the most part were treated with less value and were denied equal opportunities to make choices and to succeed. The African Americans faced racism that seemed dehumanizing and destroyed their freedom. Emmett Till was senselessly murdered because of prejudice towards the color of his skin. If a white man whistled at a woman he would be verbally reprimanded. When Emmett Till whistled at a white woman, he was beaten to death.
In today’s world we are very well aware of racial discrimination which remains an issue in our country. Racial discrimination is present everywhere we see it in our everydays lives yet we choose to ignore. The book To Kill A Mockingbird presents a topic of racial discrimination depicting it in a character called Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson reminds us of the dark past of racial discrimination which shows us the power of simply being a different color.
Taylor McAllister Period 3 11.08.16 TKAMB Essay Thesis- Injustice and ignorance can be shown through the narrow-mindedness of people, such as Mayella Ewell, Aunt Alexandria, and the even the town of Maycomb. To kill a Mockingbird shows and depicts many characters and the attitude toward life, Tom Robinson, and the people in the town of Maycomb. Injustice is shown throughout and complimented by that is narrow-mindedness. Some of the characters show that narrow-mindedness and ignorance can take a toll on how maycomb operates.
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird In the early 60’s To Kill A Mockingbird was written with the intention of showcasing the cruel and surreal truth about the southern states. Harper Lee wrote this to not only allow readers to see how mit was in these states but to also show the love and compassion of a small town family. Harper Lee’s use of characters, symbolism, and conflict perfectly reflects on how Racism was a very infamous part of America.