Essay On Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racism What does racism mean to you? In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee has many examples of racism throughout her book; since the setting of the book took place in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s, segregation was still occurring. Everyone should be treated equally regardless their color, etc. The narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird is Scout Finch; she is also the protagonist of the story. Harper Lee uses the character Tom Robinson as character to use as an example to show how bad racism was back in the 1930’s. Tom Robinson was a black man accused of rape. It was common for people to be racist and use racist slang words back then. One example of racism Harper Lee uses is when Scout is talking to Francis and he called Atticus a “nigger-lover” (chapter: 9 page: 110) The reason being called a “nigger-lover” is racist because nigger was a racist way to refer to a black person back then. During slavery people would, called black people niggers rather than black people and they did not treat…show more content…
Calpurnia wasn’t like most of the blacks, she was educated and the Finch’s looked her as just another family member. That Calpurnia led almost a double life; she got to work with a white family that didn’t treat her like a black person. They treated her just like one of them also since she was also black; therefore she got to experience the life of a black person and how cruelly the rest of the town treated blacks. “…Calpurnia rarely commented on the ways of white people.” (chapter: 1 page: 15) Calpurnia was aware of the way white people are but chooses to ignore them most of the time. Calpurnia also taught Scout how to write before she started school (chapter: 2 pages: 21-23) Calpurnia was educated enough to be able to teach Scout to write; that being said also means she could read, and most black people back then didn’t get the chance to go to school and get
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