In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the rape trail of Tom Robinson vs Mayella Ewell, an African American man accused of raping a white teenage girl was held in a bias court room of Maycomb County. Tom Robinson was proven innocent but the end verdict did not match the proof, because no jury would chose to listen to a black man over a white girl due to the state of prejudice Maycomb was under. Racism this town got to the point where when Atticus Finch, a white lawyer chose to represent Tom in the case he was a disgrace and an outcast to the white community. Not only Atticus but his children all suffered from the judgement they were receiving from the whole community for Atticus representing an innocent man. Since children were exposed to this behavior the racism has been passed down to generation to generation.
Everybody Loves Raymond helps conform societal gender roles through the portrayal of Ray as the typical traveling father while Debra stays at home taking care of their three young children. In the episode “Baggage”, Ray confides in his father, stating that he, Ray, will lose the standoff between Debra because he is leaving on a business trip and will need to use the suitcase the two have passively been avoiding to move. (“Baggage” 4:25) Ray’s father aid’s in the conformation of societal gender roles by warning his son that if he is the one to move the suitcase he might as well change his name and wear woman’s clothing because he will no longer “wear the pants” in the relationship. (“Baggage” 4:35) Ray and his fathers’ actions towards the suitcase signify that it is seen as weak for men to give into women’s demands or wishes. Gender roles are firmly challenged when Debra strong-arms Ray into acting more sensitive and apologetic when he acts conceited and cruel.
Question: Every time we read we lose a little piece of innocence. Discuss this proposition with reference to at least one text you have studied this year There are things in life that people don’t want to experience but they can experience it through reading. The loss of innocence is a major theme in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and this is an experience people can understand through reading. Harper Lees’ narrative text, To Kill a Mockingbird was written in the 1960’s. It is a recount of her childhood in the 1930’s represented through the character Scout and is centered on the conviction of a black man stating that he has raped a girl.
Nick Salamone June 9th, 2009 Theme Analysis To Kill A Mockingbird is set in Alabama before civil rights cases were properly exposed of justices and cases against African-Americans were considered open. You find out that society can hurt innocent individuals who have littler power because of who they are. Through this novel, you put on the shoes of a small girl, Scout, and walks through a town where they learn of social inequality, coexistence of good and evil, and racism by seeing it through her father and life experiences. Race is a central issue in this time period. People aren't willing to accept change and theirs not much you can do in the 1930's to change that because it was "sociality acceptable" not to.
Discrimination based on socioeconomic status involves judging someone by the “individual’s or group's position within a hierarchical social structure. Socioeconomic status depends on a combination of variables, including occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence.” To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates how discrimination has always been here, and always will be. Racism is the most obvious form of discrimination represented in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The main character is a six year old girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer for Maycomb County, Alabama.
In this essay I will be covering the character Heathcliffs childhood, his first impression on Lockwood, his relationship with Cathy and the main characters and the language that is used throughout to describe him. Mr earnshaw who is the father of Cathy and Hindley went on a trip and brought back an ophan boy named ‘Heathcliff’. His family strongly disagreed having a unknown child living in their home, Mrs earnshaw called him a ‘gipsy brat’, Hindley hated everything about him but however Cathy grows to love him and soon the pair become inseparable. Young Heathcliff is described as fragile, scared and innocent. He is not called by his name but by ‘thing’ which shows a loss of identiy and a lack of respect from the other house memebers.
The narrator of Ernest Gaines’s “The Sky is Gray” is James, an eight-year-old block boy who uses his point of view to describe his childhood during the segregation which his father is always absent and has to rely on his strong mother to support the whole family. Comparing to most of boys, James has a scarcely childhood which occupied with worries of money and concerns of his mother. “The sky is Gray” contains many themes and scenes that how he tries to accomplish his mother’s wishes to become the man in the house instead of his childish complains. Under the pressure of segregation, an eight-year-old boy maturely practices his personal responsibility, the endurance during difficulty, the dignity under discrimination, and the pride under poverty, which is all taught by his strong mother. The narration by James makes clear statement that his mother wishes him to be the mature man in the house.
Families in Change –Movie Analysis Assignment 2 In the movie Boyz in the Hood there are two families depicted, the film tells the story of three friends: Trey, Doughboy and Ricky. Trey is living with his mother at the beginning of the film, and then his mother decides to send him to live with his father after he gets involved in a classroom fight with other student; breaking a contract that he had with his mother to behave. Trey’s mother feels that it would best that Trey’s father (Furious Styles) teach him responsibility and values that only a father can, he lives in a tough inner city neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Trey meets his two friends Ricky and Doughboy they live with their mother in the same neighbourhood. Trey’s family is a single parent family with trey’s father being the only parent in the household.
Spilled Salt: By Barbara Neely The short story “spilled salt”, by Barbara Neely is about a single mother, Myrna, who raised her son alone since he was six. The son, Kenny, convinced a crime. Because he raped a girl, he spent four years in prison and the story starts when he released from prison and came back home where his mother doesn’t want to live with him anymore. She doesn’t want to lose her sweet memories of the little and funny boy. She loves the boy who was four years ago and not the man who is now standing in front of her.
After some time of internally struggling to decide whether to tell a major bombshell to Pastor Manders, she confides in the Pastor revealing the unspoken truth of the Alving’s servant Regina. Regina, who happens to be the secret love child of the deceased Captain Alving and their former maidservant Johanna. As a young boy, Oswald Alving was sent to a boarding school by his mother so that he could be shielded away from his father’s true nature. Fearing that young Oswald would become the same way as his alcoholic and adulteress father, Mrs. Alving felt she had no other choice but to protect her son. Towards the end of the play it is soon to be discovered that Oswald is sick with syphilis causing him to grow weaker every day.