In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee many people in the town of Maycomb are treated very differently due to their skin color, or rumors they heard from people. Arthur “Boo” Radley was treated differently because he was never seen. When truly Boo isn't any of what they think but because people look at the outside of a person they judge them and treat people different because they aren't like them. The author reveals that it is important to recognize that all humans deserve respect regardless of their status in society. One of the main examples of this theme in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is when the community of Maycomb is being racist towards their African American community.
For example, Boo Radley is not accepted because he does not fit into the social normalization that he should.. This is obvious by the way Jem describes Boo when he says, “There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). Jem describes Boo as if he is a monster simply because Jem and the other people are unable to accept the fact that Boo is different. In reality, Boo is a great person; all of these characteristics are made up. An Enotes certified educator says it best when she states, "…Boo Radley is discriminated against due to beliefs formed about him based on rumors."
The word Racism is an ugly word and immediatlely we think of someone who hates people based on skin color. While Racism has been around for years; there isn’t one place on earth that doesn’t contain racism. Over the years, however racism has changed. Because it is not politically correct to be openly racist, racism is often hidden and displayed in different ways. One way this happens is why racial profiling.
The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
Multiple characters in To Kill a Mockingbird are discriminated against, one that stuck out was Atticus. He was discriminated against multiple times, for example, on the way he raises his children, for defending a black man in court, and for just being a poor white person white person. Those are just a few ways that Atticus is discriminated against in the novel. Atticus is discriminated against on the way that he chooses to raise his children. In the novel several times people tell Atticus that he doesn’t raise his kids right, for example Miss Maudie says “”...erected an absolute morphodite in that yard!
There was a time where people struggled to make a living. The Great Depression was a time of devastation and uncertainty (McCabe 12). In the book “ To Kill a Mockingbird ’’ by Harper Lee, there is multiple historical events that happened. There are Jim Crow laws, Mob Mentalities, and Racism. Those times were harsh for blacks, they had no respect.
“Let's go home, Cal, they don't want us here". This quotes states the controversy between the coloured and white. The coloured believe that the white don’t conform into their society so jem tells Calpurnia to take them back home because they do not fit in with the African American Community. Both the quotes juxtapose to each other through the theme of Conformity, they portray the figure of fitting into each other’s society/race. They way in which conformity and racism relate to Martin Luther King’s quote is how there is controversy between the coloured and white.
In high school harper lee started gaining interest in english literature. Whites feel like black people should not strive in life because they don’t have the materials to succeed in life. Whites feel that black are inferior to them because they are not intellectually equal to each other. It shows it in the book because a “poor” white girl accused a man of beating her and Judge Taylor convicted the guy because the whites were over blacks. Back then in the late 1860’s the whites had slaves which were (blacks) which told me the fact that whites had racial superiority and made racial jokes about us.
Every person young or old, is labelled with either a positive or negative stereotype. Stereotypes affect one’s social life, emotions, and how one interacts with the community. In the 1940’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, there are many stereotypes that are destructive and can prevent individual growth. The three stereotypes that will be focused on are, people who supposedly do bad things are evil and scary, people should not judge others by their actions, and black people are treated poorly based on their skin tone. Firstly, the stereotype that people who do bad things are supposedly evil and scary is shown through the characters, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley.
Rajan Dosanjh Mrs. Haber ENG 1D0A January 18, 2017 To Kill a Mockingbird Theme Essay Discrimination is an issue in society which has been prevalent for a long time and even used against people in today's society. Discrimination can be defined by the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things. Especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Tom Robinson Atticus Finch, and Jem Finch convey Harper Lee's message in To Kill a Mockingbird that discrimination can affect anyone lead to unfair society and harm those who are innocent which are formed by the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. This theme is conveyed through these 3
OUTLINE Thesis: The repercussions of institutionalized prejudice are far too great for any group to overcome. Jim Crow laws repressed many black americans in the 1850s and the repercussions of that are still affecting black society today. Similarly in the 1800s woman were legally restricted from many of the things men were and still are still unfairly treated to in society today. Main Idea: Jim Crow laws repressed many black americans in the 1850s. Use JIM CROW LAWS to talk about the hardships .
It is a historical problem as well as a serious social issue. It is disheartening to read “Katrina, Black Women, and the deadly discourse on black poverty in American” by Barbara Ransby. The Katrina hit most poor people who had to be left with nothing including their dignity. If we believe they are created equal, how could we react to their inequity with ignorance? The racism divides people and is seen as insolence or treachery in these days.