Racism and Social Injustice in To Kill A Mockingbird “ I think there’s just one type of folks. Folks.” Racism has existed throughout history. It can be defined as a hatred of one person to another or the belief that another person is less than human because of the color of their skin, language, or any other differences that person has. Social injustice is a situation when some unfair practices are being carried in the society.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird it shows the problems and occurrences of how human inequality and diversity is brought up in the world. Racial comments, prejudice remarks, and judgement are all mentioned in the book. Although, the book is fiction, it brings up real life events that are still happening in the present time. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s in that time anyone and everyone were judged by their life choices, skin color, social class, appearance, etc. Human society then was diverse into large groups of stereotypes.
“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. ’’ -Unknown author Atticus Finch thinks just like what this quote says. The quote relates to the book, because in Maycomb everything one is separated, from skin color to social class.
Set in the 1930s in northern Alabama where slavery was at its peak, the book To Kill A Mockingbird is narrated in Scout’s point of view. Through Scout’s eyes, Harper Lee illustrates examples of racism and social inequality and these reveal what it was like for the blacks during that period in America. The racist rationales and social inequality in Maycomb county are, according to the characters, something that is reasonable. Throughout this book, Harper Lee criticises mainly racism and how unjust human beings can be. The readers are able to see how the blacks and the whites were treated differently and how they avoided inter-racial interactions.
Atticus had many good qualities that he tried to pass to the two youngsters, but egalitarian, tolerance, and respect were the ones that were demonstrated through Atticus’s actions. Egalitarian was a characteristic well exhibited during the first part, since the first part was about preparing the reader for the Tom Robinson's trial in which Atticus was the defense lawyer for the young, black man. This equality aspect did not only exhibit through Atticus taking the job as the defense lawyer for Tom Robinson but by the respect, Atticus had for Calpurnia. When Jem invited Walter to eat with them and Scout called on Walter for spilling syrup all over his food, Calpurnia excused Scout and scolded her for embarrassing Walter. Later on, when Jem and
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird the author characterizes Atticus Finch with intelligence to establish a theme of social justice. Intelligence is needed in society to be able to understand the things going around in the world. Intelligence is knowing what to do is right even when people think you’re wrong.
Injustice; the lack of fairness or justice. Years have passed since everyone officially became equal, but still in this world today there is injustice. Still in this world through some peoples eyes everyone does not look the same. If our world keeps the mindset that they are in today that word will always exist and never go away. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic modern American literature novel and was immediately successful.
In modern society, each individual’s wealth and privilege should dictate their social responsibility. This social contract provides that wealthy and privileged individuals should act on the behalf of the less fortunate in order to improve their well-being and correct social injustices. On the other hand, though they should be law-abiding citizens, underprivileged individuals should have the opportunity to receive a disproportionate amount of the benefits given by society. The notion of a social contract is one of the unspoken, unwritten laws of being part of an advanced society and is a central theme in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The rich white men in Maycomb are the ones that are responsible for identifying social injustices, being
To Kill a Mockingbird Black men were charged when they did nothing wrong. They were hung for the color of their skin. They were killed for saying the wrong thing. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was charged with rape just because he was beside a white woman. He was backed up in court by a man named Atticus Finch.
There are many different forms of discrimination in To Kill a Mockingbird. Discrimination Is a prejudiced outlook. I will be looking at the discrimination against poor people, Black people, elderly, and sexism. There is the discrimination of poor people against rich, the view on the cunninghams, there is many different types of it in To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the most notable is racism, There is a lot of racism in the story.