Just look. Who do they think they are? Swarming all over the place like they own it, and now they think they can decide where my child goes to school. Look at them, Robert, They’re Bozos” (Morrison p. 171). The Big Bozo, described at the beginning of the story, was the head of the orphanage; a white woman.” This implies that the picketers are whites as they are the ones causing the racial strife.
Prejudice is a preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience. Sometimes prejudice is a destructive force in society. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, prejudice is shown in many ways. Prejudice was shown when Atticus was defending the jail, a group of men came to kill Tom and also when Scout was getting teased at school by other kids because her dad was taking Tom’s case. Furthermore, when Tom Robinson was accused of being guilty even though he was not, and died because of it.
How the town perceives Tom has a lot to do with how he is treated. The town looks at Tom as a colored man and only whats on the outside rather than Atticus Finch, his lawyer for the case, looks at only the inside. Why did Atticus Finch agree to be Tom’s lawyer? Atticus feels Tom is a innocent caring man, who only tries to help people who need it. Tom feels sorry for Mayella Ewell because her father is an alocoholic and beats her.
(Page 217/218) No black man should feel sorry for a white person. The witnesses of this cross examination were shocked and this shows how prejudice they were- they believed that no black man can feel sorry for their superiors. Another factor that was deeply prejudice during Tom Robinson’s trial, was when Mr Gilmer has trouble trusting Tom’s statement when Tom says that he helped Mayella out of kindness and no money. He did not believe a black man could do a simple chore from the goodness of their heart for nothing! Also when Tom is called big buck- Mr Gilmer is treating Tom as if he were more of an animal.
As a white living in this County, I can see how visible and evident racial prejudice against the blacks has clouded the minds of many. Bob Ewell is one example of which racial prejudice has taken over his righteous mind. He had accused the innocent Tom Robinson for raping his daughter, Mayella Ewell. During the proceedings of the trial, however, was humiliated by Atticus Finch as he pointed the lies and flaws that lied in his testimony. Just yesterday, he had done another act which is hideous of mankind, taking revenge on Atticus Finch’s children, Jeremy Finch and Jean Louise Finch.
He is a man who reacts with violence and confirms racist whites’ fears about black men. In a world that seems utterly hopeless, Wright offers hope and a way to address the racial divide. When Jan visits Bigger in jail, he says he isn’t angry at Bigger for framing him. Jan, a white man, understands how he confused, shamed and terrified Bigger by ignoring the social taboos that has governed Bigger’s life. In order to extend an olive branch, Jan recruits his friend, Boris A. Max to be Bigger’s lawyer.
“The mother was beaten to death. She has dozens of broken bones, a fractured skull, and as you can see, she is not recognizable at all.” The detective was shocked by the brutality of the beating, “Jesus Christ!” he exclaimed. “What about the rest?” “Jim, the father. He was slightly starved, but the cause of death is dehydration.” “It’s like he just neglected him completely… left the bastard to die while killing the rest of ‘em.” The coroner moved to the next set of corpses. They stank and made the air smell rotten.
For example, while the white narrator is at the “Party” of lynching a black man, “I wanted to leave, but the folks were yelling and I couldn’t move except to look around and see that statue” (Ellison 3). This clearly shows that is no were near violent it was forced upon him to go to this “Party.” He wanted to leave because he wasn’t raised to be this way towards others. “The Invisible Man” disproves the statement of born violent also it is the environment that the person is in. For instance, the Invisible man states, “You ache with the need to convince yourself that you do exist in the real world, that you’re a part of all the sounds and anguish, and you strike out with your fists, you curse and swear to make them recognize you” (Ellison 3). This quote defiantly shows that people are not born violent.
2. Who/what is causing so much grief in Hrothgar’s kingdom? How many years has this battle with Grendel been going on? a. Grendel, the “evil creature, grim and hungry,” is the cause of all of the grief in Hrothgar’s kingdom. His killing and torture of the people saddens both the king and all of the people; “Bloody footprints were found.
“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.” – Thomas H. Huxley The novel To Kill a Mockingbird told an unforgettable story of doing what a person thought was right no matter what the cost. Author Harper Lee used the character Atticus Finch to show a rejection of authority when he went against the social codes in his town and defended a black man in court. Lee showed Atticus’s penetrating defense that ended up revealing the town of Maycomb’s inherit racism. Atticus Finch challenged social justice and prejudice by defending Tom Robinson just as he would any other person. Atticus’s whole town went against him because he was defending a man of a different race.