What Is Normalized In To Kill A Mockingbird

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You may be surprised by how some individuals feel angry and offended at others simply because of the pigment of their skin. These individuals let their hatred of those that are different from them control their actions to the point that they bring harm and malice upon these people. This piece of writing showcases that and also addresses how racism in Maycomb is viewed and how the people in Maycomb feel about those with different skin tones as well. There are those individuals that do not intend to be racist but the way that their society is programmed they unintentionally contribute to the racist population. The racism that occurs in To Kill A Mockingbird is very present and normalized. Atticus Finch is an example of an individual who normalizes and contributes unknowingly to the racism in Maycomb. An example of Atticus contributing to racism is when he says “She did something that in our society is unspeakable, she kissed a black man” [Lee 204.] This quote proves that not only do the people of Maycomb believe it is wrong to kiss a black man, but he does as well since he said “our…show more content…
Henry Lafayette Dubose shows both how the racism in Maycomb was very present and how it was normalized too. She normalizes racism when she called Atticus a “nigger lover”. Her using this phrase shows that she saw it as shameful to treat coloured folks equally, and she is very comfortable with saying it. Her racism is also clear when she says “Your father's no better than the niggers and trash that he works for!” [Lee 110]. She is showing how present racism is in Maycomb because she thinks that coloured people ranks as “trash” and that she is better than them. Mrs.Dubose says “One in the courthouse lowing for niggers!”[Lee 117]. This quote shows that Mrs.Dubose thinks that it is normal and acceptable that coloured people in Maycomb don’t typically have fair lawyers. Lastly, we can tell that Mrs.Dubose is racist and is not aware of her racist
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