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.
Even though during the time of this novel, white people were known to be racist and to segregate all people of color, people of color would discriminate against white people because they were jealous/mad at them. When Atticus’ children go to church a black person stops them and lets them know that they have their own church and that they shouldn’t go there because they are the ones who separated them from each other in the first place. Atticus is discriminated against when that the group of people came to the jail to beat up him and Tom Robinson. They were there to put Atticus in his place that he needs to stay away from black people because they feel that he shouldn’t be even associating with him because this was around the time of segregation. In to Kill a Mockingbird Scout asks “Are we poor, Atticus?” Atticus nodded.
There have been hundreds of cases of people discriminating against others because of the color of their skin or their religion. Thomas Paine said that America is made up of people from different nations with different modes of worship, yet they were all united. Things have changed for the worst, and because of it, innocent people are getting hurt. For example, unfortunately, there have been many cases of African American men getting shot by racist white police officers. Of course, not every white policeman or policewoman is racist or targeting people of color, but often people overlook the details and start arguments about the little things.
Firstly, the stereotype that people who do bad things are supposedly evil and scary is shown through the characters, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson is seen as an evil and scary person because he is accused for raping and assaulting Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson is hated by a majority of the white people in Maycomb except for a white lawyer who is ready to stand up for someone who is innocent. Later on in the novel, Tom Robinson ends up committing suicide himself because he did not want to be put in prison for something he did not do.
¨He hit me again and again...¨(Lee, 241) Those words of Mayella Ewell helped put Tom Robinson, an innocent man, in jail. Mayella Ewell is a member of the Ewells, the “scum” of Maycomb County, who live in the town dump and depend on food stamps and illegal trapping to survive. Mayella is a liar who won’t admit her wrongs and is willing to put someone who did nothing wrong in jail just so she won 't get in trouble with her father. She also lies to cover up a secret she has, so the people in Maycomb will not know the truth about her. Because of this, she is on the lowest level of Kohlberg 's Stages of Moral Development.
The people who make up society tend to overlook the reality of what the world once was and what it continues to be. To Kill a Mockingbird is not just a novel that tells a story of what a young girl’s life was like as a child, but also tells the story of the violations of humanity. Mayella Ewell, a white woman, kissed Tom Robinson, a black man. Feeling ashamed of her actions, she accused him of rape. Because he was a black man accused of rape, he was found guilty and sentenced to death in prison.
Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley. The children at first see him as this scary monster, but after showing them kindness the kids see him as kind hearted, and gentle. Much like a mockingbird; from that they learned just like a book, you can’t judge someone by what you hear, or see. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives readers a chance to see how racism in the deep south turned into injustice and leads to the killing of innocent minorities. By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Mr.Ewell shows prejudice against a black man named Tom Robinson. Prejudice is frequent in the story and it is used on a innocent man. A poor white girl accuses a black man of raping her, which leads to a trial. The residents of Maycomb think black people don’t matter because of their racial superiority complex which comes from slavery. HARPER LEE Harper Lee wrote this because of prejudice back then when she was little.
More importantly, however, Boo was the mysterious figure who saved the Finch children from Bob Ewell’s attack. Because the children did not understand Boo until the end of the story, the way they treated him was based on fear and the stereotypes they learned from the others in the town. Other significant examples of misunderstanding in the book come during the trial of Tom Robinson. After Bob Ewell finds his daughter, Mayella, kissing a black man, Tom Robinson, Mr. Ewell severely beats his daughter and accuses Tom of raping and beating her. Although it is physically impossible for Tom to have attacked Mayella, he is convicted of the crime.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem believe Maycomb is Unjust because The Maycomb he used to know is not like what it is now, Which is shown when the prejudice members of his community are against Tom, Lula refusing to let Jem & Scout enter their church, and When he was punished for destroying Mrs. Dubose’s flowers. To Start Off, Scout was explaining on how the final verdict of the jury & judge affected Jem & loss faith in the citizens of Maycomb. Scout says, “I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: “Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty…” I peeked at Jem: his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulders jerked as if each “guilty” was a separate stab between them” (282). Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community.
As a result, wars, hatred, and protests broke out, because people thought they were better than others. Night and To Kill a Mockingbird are both related books because Jews and Blacks were stripped of their rights, experienced evil, and had no respect. Innocent black and Jews were wrongly stripped of their rights. In the novel Night there were a lot of rights taken from the Jews. To begin with, Jewish children were not allowed to German schools, signs were posed on Jewish
Insufficient evidence, confirmation bias and false accusations all contributed to the injustice. Though some cases of molestation and abuse during times of mass hysteria may be true, false accusations tend to occur because of over exaggeration of the fad. One of the most famous cases of false accusation was the Amirault’s case, this involved Gerald, Cheryl and Violet Amirault. In this case these three individuals were accused of committing heinous crimes against children and animals. Soon after these accusations children were interrogated multiple times by the authorities, trained professionals and parents.
Being prejudice is a really disrespectful. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the whole class judges the teacher just because she is not from where the kids are from. The teacher, Miss. Caroline, just told the students where Miss. Caroline is from and the students started judging without getting to know the teacher.