The final theme I found in To Kill a Mockingbird was injustice. The first example was on page 233 in To Kill a Mockingbird; it states “Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.” That is an example of injustice because even though there were lots of evidence against Mr. Ewell the jury still believes Tom Robinson is guilty just because he is black because of this the jury and the people had an unfair advantage against him. The second piece of evidence found was on page 218 and it states “Black people surge upstairs.” this shows injustice because the black people are not allowed to be seated with the white people. Because of this, they have to sit in an entirely different section of the courtroom. The last example of maturity is on page 162 it says “Not only waiting on tables but are in the courthouse lawing for niggers.” That shows injustice because it says that being a lawyer for a black person is as bad as being a waiter.
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
Why would Tom Robinson be labeled as a rapist right away without strong proofs of his innocence? 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.
Handed a case with black man, Tom Robinson, he had to make a choice. To Kill A Mockingbird represents going against the majority by the case of Tom Robinson. Tom was accused of raping and beating a young girl. Atticus took his case, despite him being a black man, and his entire town and family against it. His town hated the fact that an honourble lawyer defend a black man, and his family thought it would ruin the family name by doing so.
Furthermore. slavery in the U.S was also a huge thing in human history, treating black people inhumanely, with no respect and with cruelty. During the 1800 's, black people were treated like tools, with no freedom nor voice. In that time, slaves were sold, they would work for long hours, given little food and water, and if they wouldn 't work, they had to be killed or punished. These inhumane acts from that time, left a huge mark on U.S history due to such cruelty to the black people.
Around the 1930’s and 1940’s there was extreme racial judgment against the African American community. They would immediately be put down and racially profiled by many. By Being different from the White people it held them back from living their lives freely. Socially they were led to live a failed lifestyle because of the racial and economic forces that helped mold and poked at the African Americans like Bigger to live up to the typical stereotype. Wright puts Bigger in a hostile , brutal social environment which helps shape Bigger Thomas, and also puts a harsh eye on the Whites of the community.
Blacks are mostly discriminated for the color of their skin. Islamic people are judged because people think they are terrorist. Even some whites are judged by others because of things that other white people have done. There is discrimination everywhere in the world. One of the biggest and my personal favorite event of discrimination was Rosa Parks.
Jem unlike the other Maycomb residents realizes the crudeness and unfairness of the case. Everyone knows that Atticus had given all factual evidence but Tom was guilty because he was black. In Today’s society the same goes. From the New York Times Article, “Blacks were also slightly more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites. When there was a misdemeanor drug offence, black defendants were 27 percent more likely than whites to get a plea offer that included incarceration.” This shows unfairness
It was the time when the racial relations were very tense and the black Africans, white Americans, and Caucasians were struggling for the same jobs. The white people were demanding jobs because they thought that the black people are stealing jobs from them. Racial relations and prejudice were making the situation worse for the
The novel starts out cheerful and positive about Maycomb, Alabama , but then as it goes on, Scout begins to see the cruel prejudice of the Maycomb people against blacks, and their disgust that Atticus is defending a black man in court. Scale and her brother begin to learn about how unfair society is, that a whole race of people can be mistreated because of the color of their skin, and some people are seen as less important because they don’t have much money. “ Yes suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of em’—“ “You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?” Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling.”(Lee pg.
You can find the same concept being used today. Society is constantly bombarded with images in the media that portrays the African American community in a negative light. Majority of the images we see of African Americans are images of gang bangers, drug dealers, and loose women. These images can result in a sense of helplessness in a person leading some to contribute to the stereotype by fulfilling the prophecy and becoming the very thing they witnessed. Some may even gain a sense of a negative self-worth allowing them to fall prey to psychological disorders similar to depression.
Savior of Society Did you ever wonder why someone thought to separate blacks from whites, then wonder why someone decided to join them together again? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many uncomfortable situations were addressed that many people today preferably don’t like to talk about nowadays. This is why Atticus Finch encourages his children, Jem and Scout, to be aware of segregation. Within the novel, there is a rape case that discusses a black man being accused of the crime. This case afflicts many emotions and actions from multiple characters but specifically Atticus, the lawyer on the black man’s side.
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 .
Anyone who stood up for, or defended an African American was considered a “negro lover”, and also brought shame to his or her family. Usually the truth became distorted and was in favor of whites over blacks. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the truth versus reality is distorted through three main themes, the three ways are, Tom Robinson being accused of rape, Tom Robinson feeling bad for Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson being convicted of the rape of Mayella Ewell. In “To Kill a Mockingbird” a black hardworking man named Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The truth of this matter is Tom Robinson, is Mayella threw herself at Tom.
Jem is victimized to an extent by his discovery of the evil of racism during and after the trial. Jem’s faith in justice and in humanity is badly damaged, and he retreats into a state of disillusionment. Jem says “Scout, I think I 'm beginning to understand something. I think I 'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley 's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it 's because he wants to stay inside." (304), in this quote it shows Jem idea’s of the world innocent broken, hinting that the reason why Boo Radley doesn’t want to come outside because of the world injustice and unfair