She teaches the children that the town does not “believe in persecuting anybody” (Lee 329) because of the U.S. democratic government. Gates then goes on to share how “there are no better people in the world than Jews” (Lee 329), and it is beyond her comprehension to know why Hitler could commit acts against them. The irony lies in her blindness to the similar oppression happening in her home town. The children are taught that Hitler is a monster for his anti semitic actions in Germany; meanwhile, African Americans are forced to face daily suppression in Maycomb County. Both groups have stereotypes that cause others to perceive them as
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates that the world is surrounded with good and evil. Scout, Jem and Dill all start innocent, but when they become aware of the evil from the adult world, it forces them to mature quickly. It makes them realize the truth about life, being that there's good, but also evil. Harper Lee uses prejudices in To Kill A Mockingbird to show the evil in life. She shows this through women not being allowed to take part of the jury, people being judged on their social class or their different lifestyle but the most prominent is racism since the jury convicts Tom for a crime he didn't commit just because he was black.
Through this, Scout learns firsthand about hatred. The experience with Bob Ewell also causes her to learn that innocence and youth are no protection against the evils of the world. If Scout were to be exposed to this in the beginning of the book, she wouldn’t have an understanding of what is going on. When she would find out Boo Radley brought her brother home, she would’ve been terrified of him like earlier in the book. Through these examples, Harper Lee shows that it is required for a child to lose their innocence when going through life, as it is part of their development as a person.
Scout had a baton that she was spinning on the way home; Jem takes the Baton and hits it against Mrs. Dubose flowers. She has already known that Jem had ruined her flowers, so she talked to Atticus about it. Jem did this because of all the rude comments Mrs. Dubose said about him and his family “your fathers no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Chapter 11.page 135. Last sentence). Jem’s consequences were for him to read to Mrs. Dubose for two straight hours after school every day until she died.
She heard her father say that he hoped his children trusted him before he told her to go to bed, knowing she had been there the entire time. Atticus had to shoot Tim Johnson the “community dog” because the dog had gone mad and with that threat they all knew Atticus was the best shot. The kids then learned that Atticus was known as One-Shot Finch and that he was the deadliest shot in Maycomb County. Mrs. Dubose was an old, ill lady that happened to be very mean. She told Jem that his father was trash, he would be going to reform school, and that Scout would be working at the O.K.
Cole is a 15-year old that trusts no one and no one trusts him. He feels like everyone needs to fear him because he thinks that everyone is out to get him. He thinks everyone in his town is against anything he does. He has gone to juvie many times and is just trying to get out of going to real jail. His dad beats him and his mom does not care about him she just cares about her reputation as a wealthy woman.
Dill is an excellent example of the idea that an individual’ personal beliefs are affected by his’ or her’s perspective. Scout has to escort Dill out of the courthouse because he feels sick. Outside Dill expresses to her his view on how Mr. Gilmer treated Tom Robinson while questioning him, “...It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ‘em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that-it just makes me sick.” (Lee, page 199). Dill’s perspective was that Mr. Gilmer should not have treated Tom Robinson so obscenely.
When John brings Mary Warren to court in Act III to confess about how Abigail has been lying to everyone, he tries to avoid confessing he’s been with Abigail, even though he knows it will help his cause. John built this name for himself in Salem that was tarnished so fast because if someone messes up in town everyone knows and there’s no way to fix it. No matter what John did, he couldn’t save himself, but it was his wrong doing to begin with. John also misleads the town by not going to church every Sunday. For the longest time, John had been seen as respected, but when he starts to visit church less he begins to create a reputation, If John had not played the town and continued practicing what most Puritans do, it would’ve been easier to rescue his friend’s wives and his own.
In the novel it states “cecil jacobs made me forget he had announced in the schoolyard the day before that scout finch's daddy defended niggers i denied it but told jem” (lee, 74) this piece of texts shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because the white children where labeling tom Robinson as a nigger. In the novel it also states “depends how you look at it he said what was one negro more or less among two hundred of em he wasn't tom to them he was escaping prisoner” (lee, 235) this piece of text shows labels affect people because labeling could be racist because all the townspeople thought tom robinson was guilty because he was black but if he was white he would have not been guilty. In both of these texts it shows that Since tom robinson was black he would never win the trial even tho he did nothing
In the beginning of “Walimai” it talks about how you can not speak without a reason and that they demand respect. “I cannot understand the ease with which the white ones call each others names, with no fear... not always listen to my counsel.” This quote is an example of social injustice. “The School Teacher 's Guest” has many examples of social, political, and religious injustice such as: “Meanwhile, the murderer, realizing that his life would be worth very little if he remained there, had, fled, meaning never to return.” The man who killed Ines 's son went free, when he should have been put in prison. This is an example of social injustice. In “Phantom Palace” an example of political injustice is: “ He offered him the option of withdrawing without a scandal, to protect the dignity of the country he represented... movement of the oil tankers.” El Benefactor gave Ambassador Lieberman three days to flee the country, because he was catching up with El Benefactors crime.