Braxton Underwood was one of the many who despised the Negroes. According to Atticus, “‘ Braxton... despises Negroes, won’t have one near him’” (Lee 178). This disease, racism, is spreading through Maycomb. During, the trial Atticus said a very powerful speech about the evil assumption about Negroes. “ The assumption… that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women…” (Lee 232).
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
In the piece entitled “I Kill for Money” she writes about an exterminator who is often not treated well, which he feels is because “no one wants bugs around, so no one wants [him] around” (Keegan 186). As a result of this obvious ignorance people pay him, the man has moments of melancholy periodically that he attempts to cover up with bad jokes. His unique profession distances him from others, causing mild depression. This state of mind can also be seen in “Reading Aloud” with a different method of coping. Anna, just as the exterminator, is married but still feels a major disconnect from her husband.
In nearly every situation, she immediately forgives him. Jeanette continues with the story and doesn’t bring up any past things with her father. In contrast, Jeannette never gives the impression that she forgives her mom in any of the bad situations. She also tends to tell more negative things about her mother than her father. Maybe it was the lack of connection or affection with her mother that caused Jeannette to include the parts she did.
This is clearly displayed when Atticus Finch asks if Mayella has any friends to a shockingly aggressive reaction. “Mayella’s hostility which had subsided to grudging neutrality flared again ‘You makin’ fun o’ me agin, Mr. Finch’”(245). She believes that Atticus had been making fun of her because he treats her with great manners which she had never experienced before, since the she never socializes with the proper people of Maycomb. Yet, she not only lacks friends, she also has a shockingly distant relationship with her father. Mayella’s father care for her, rather he beats her and leaves her alone for days.
Her bully, Harold Barton, tends to say mean things about her not having a dad and her brother running away. This shows as Harold says “Face the facts. You and you brother are weirdos. And you got no dad” This of course brings her self-esteem down but Cedar doesn’t really care about what he says. She then realises that Harold can say all he wants as everything he says is because he just wants to hurt her feelings and she doesn’t need to even think about what he says to her.
The only way she can support herself and her daughter Pearl is by making high-quality garments, but still the town does not appreciate her fine art. If she is living such a hard life in Boston, the reader is left to ask why she would not want to leave, as there appears to be no good reason to stay. Hawthorne leaves this up for debate. Hawthorne's purpose in Chapter 5 is to
That’s not really a good reason to be upset, and brutally hurt someone. Okwonkwo treats ojiugo awful, and abuses her at one point in the story. “And when she returned he beat her very heavily.” (29/3). Although unoka and ojiugo are his relatives, he’s never hit his father. A similarity between the feelings he has for unoka and ojiugo is anger, at one point in the story.
Even though she made a mistake she never acknowledged what she did. She ignored the microaggression that she had put on her friend and had hurt her. This discussion brings emotions such as grief and frustration. It brings grief because of how her black friend must feel. Being called the name of her white friend’s housekeeper whom is black made her feel like her white friend sees herself as a higher superior to her.
Unfortunately, in the small town of Maycomb County, racism wins out as an African American man named Tom Robinson is falsely accused of raping a woman and is sentenced to death. This may now seem like an anomaly, but this is in fact something that happens in the present day. Which is why it was intentional, that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the theme: Progress-real
The Evils of racism are one of the most important themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. In Maycomb County a big portion of the population are all racist people. Miss Stephanie Crawford said “ Next time he won 't aim high, be it dog, nigger, or Jem Finch!” (Lee 72) This tells us that people like Miss Stephanie Crawford compare the black people to dogs. Of all the racist people in Maycomb County, Bob Ewell is by far the worst. Bob Ewell said “ I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin on my Mayella!” ( Lee 231) This is very disrespectful and racist because Mr. Ewell calls Tom a nigger, not by his name.
He lost his trial due to the unjust, racist jury and because of the Ewell’s false testimonies. First off, he lost due to the jury. Even after Atticus’s compelling evidence they decided to convict him because of his color. Secondly, he was unjustly convicted because of the Ewell’s false testimonies. Mayella Ewell seemed confused and therefore gave an incorrect testimony and ultimately helped convict Tom Robinson.