Lee’s “To kill a mockingbird” is simply about the racial issue during the1930s. It is a portrayal of the racism and oppression black people suffered through and still suffer from in modern times. The story is narrated from Jean Louise Finch also referred as “scout” eyes about the trial of a black man called Tom Robinson accused for raping and beating the white poor Mayella Ewell. Even though Robinson is defended by scouts father Atticus Finch whom is the most respected and professional lawyer in Maycomb, Robinson is still sent to the chair. As a lawyer, Atticus Finch is a role model for the modern justice system.
In this court case, an innocent man is convicted guilty. With Tom Robinson being a Negro in a racial, prejudice town, Atticus knows before even walking into the court house that Tom will be declared guilty just for being African American. Knowing all of this in advance Atticus still tries his hardest to get an innocent man to go free.
If he had an impartial jury, he would have been a free man. However, none of the jurors believed that Tom was telling the truth. They were raised to hate all black people. White people have been hurting and killing black people for centuries because of hatred. Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear.
The epic poem To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates the story of a girl during the Great Depression. Scout and Jem, young kids, live their life with adventure and mystery. Atticus their father is a newly admitted lawyer to the town of Maycomb. As a father Atticus tries to teach his children whats right from wrong and guide them through life’s concerns and curiosities. Life in Maycomb seems perfect to Scout but she is oblivious to how horrible conditions really are.
I st arted to be convinced, you know, with the testimony from those people across the hall" (12 Angry Men , p.137.) This quote from six clearly shows his slowness to the situation and also his characteristi c of coming upon his opinions slowly and being hard to convince. I believe that Six does not really fully understand the entire situation with the murder and really isn't sure who he agrees with. Howe ver he takes all the jurors opinions into consideration and eventually makes the right choice to vot e non-guilty. Another characteristic of six is that he is a calm man and is one of the few jurymen t hat actually wants to stay in the room and keep the debate going.
A native son is a product of the violence and racism that suffused the devastating social conditions in which he was raised. By no means does Wright downplay the oppression of blacks by whites, but he does demonstrate that much of the racial inequality was due to the profound lack of understanding, among both blacks and whites, of the other social group. Bigger’s misunderstanding of whites binds him to a self-fulfilling insight, because as he behaves according to what he believes is his racial destiny. An important quote that can describe the racism in the story as well as the racism during that time is when Wright writes, "We live here and they live there. We black and they white."
Whites were terrified of the idea of a successful Black that anytime they stepped “out of line” they were brutally beaten, harassed or worse similar to the case of the three men in Memphis, lynched. Living as a Black woman in the segregated South Wells witnessed firsthand how racial hatred was affecting the growth of Blacks. This gross injustice defining Black life inspired her to launch a crusade against lynching until her death in 1931. Throughout her examination of economic and social causes of racial oppression such as share cropping, racial riots, voting and the idea of Black males raping white women, she developed her theoretical analysis of lynching in the South. The nation, in theory, believed that they had solved the issue of racism in the United States: not only was the Civil War over, but also, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were passed.
Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird plays a big role in the town of Maycomb. Prejudice was especially in affect in the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man who lived in Maycomb. Because of the extreme prejudice in Maycomb County, Tom Robinson was convicted of rape and was unfairly sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Maycomb contained four classes. The first and upper class included the white people who were considered “rich.” Some people in the class were Atticus Finch, a highly respected lawyer and citizen in town, and Judge Taylor, the justice of Maycomb County and the judge for the Robinson trial.
KKK is an extremist organization in the U.S who only wants the U.S for white, and its exercise of white power and racism. The racism began when there was slavery in the U.S, but I don’t believe that it is the reason for why there is so much racism today. I believe that the reason for racism is that people cannot accept and respect each other, and most of the people fear the unknown. Racism in U.S is difficult to discuss, because the black people have been lived in U.S just as long as the white people and they
The hard work of our fellow people where accomplish, but yet we are still entrap by the racism. We have individual who live by the past to see that Caucasians and African-Americans are not equal. This is a result of an individual who still cannot escape the history and see the difference of a new life. One individual would be the young man from a couple of weeks ago on an ABC News clip. A Caucasian young man felt the need to kill an African-American officer because he resents African-Americans.