When she drew it away, it trailed a long silver thread of saliva. “Your fathers no better than the ******* and trash he works for!” (Lee 117) 1. (analysis)This quote said by Mrs. Dubose towards Jem and Scout shows how racists she is. Mrs. Dubose and most of the towns people dislike the Finches because Atticus is a white man defending a black man. Jem and Scout stats to become aware that all this is caused by segregation.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, in a court trial. The town of Maycomb turns against him due to this. Atticus, furious about the reaction from his town, explains, “…why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand” (Lee 88). Atticus does not have any racial biases, and he does not agree with the views of the majority of the people of Maycomb. Atticus, describing his beliefs to Jem, “…The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be
He was obviously (due to the evidence) innocent, but racist southerners of the jury ruled him guilty anyways. ii. Due to the support of Tom Robinson, the common person hated the finch family. 1. Both examples show how prejudiced the city in the South actually was.
The lack of knowledge in Maycomb about the outside world and their opinions about black people ingrains ‘Maycomb’s usual disease’ into their minds as they have no other opinions about black people. This is shown by the crowd’s outrage as they gather to lynch Tom, not knowing that he was innocent, but blinded by ... ... middle of paper ... ...sirable traits to have as they can motivate you through the toughest tasks and drive you to do what should be done instead of abandon your duties. In conclusion, Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the horrible prejudice and ignorance towards black people in the southern town of Maycomb, but also shows wisdom and compassion as not only desirable but necessary traits to have to withstand the bombardment of pre-conceived ideas from the people surrounding you, and also portrays these qualities as a shield to people around
He started with living conditions then activities and care that the children have. In this way I thought that Atticus was embarrassing the Ewell family in front of the whole town. Getting back to the case Bob Ewell said that on the day of November 21 he was coming home with kindling, suddenly he heard screaming so he dropped his load and ran home. When he got to the house he saw Tom Robinson, me, raping his daughter
The Montgomery Advertiser is also trying to mock how Atticus is toiling away to represent a defendant, Tom Robinson, who has little to no hope in being freed from the accusations of rape made on him. This is not only an extremely rude gesture, but it is also a sign of prejudice, because they are basing their inferences of the future of the case simply on the fact that Tom Robinson is a Negro, and Negroes are always “the bad guys.” Another case where unjustness is shown is when Lula is spiteful towards Calpurnia for bringing Scout and Jem along to the Negro church. Lula says, “‘I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to nigger church’” (Lee 119). Prejudice does not occur only when a white person looks down upon a black person; it happens vice versa as well. Black people may not be allowed to attend the same churches as white people, but that does not mean white people prohibited from black people’s churches simply cancels out the act of prejudice.
However, Uncle didn’t know the truth behind this brutal and aggressive accident where Scout, not Francis gets in trouble. This accident shows the way it was normal to say about black people because parents who were disrespectful for slaves, were showing racism to their children. However, Scout accepts this phrase as a horrible thing because she knows that Atticus is not like other people-he respects everybody and does not teach Scout and Jem to be racists because it
In Black Men and Public Space by Brent Staples, I believe Staples is trying to make me think about racism and how I would treat the situation, if I were in Staples shoes. This story made me angry on very many levels. I think it was quite stupid for the man to change his life-style to accommodate other people. So what if you are a black man walking on the side walk at night, that doesn't give anyone the right to give a black man a dirty look, or even a look of fear. I feel bad that the man had to change the way he walked, talked and acted to make sure no one accused him or thought of him as a murder or thief.
Identity Crisis: The Friction Between Function and Identity in “Battle Royal” In “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison, the narrator, an African American man, describes the constant inner struggle he resides in to discover his identity in life. His efforts are further complicated by the fact that he is living in a racist American society where people of his descent are rarely even given the chance to portray individual identities, but rather grouped as one. The narrator's uneasiness surrounding his identity begins when his grandfather shocks the entire family by leaving them with a final message to “keep up the good fight” and undermine the white community by only pretending to comply with their beliefs. Constantly attempting to please the white
Look past the skin color of not only Tom Robinson, not only those unfairly punished based on race, but all humans. Yes, some humans should be punished, based on their actions. No man, or woman, should be punished because they have a darker skin color than us. The color of your skin is not in control, but your actions are. Rage is the action that is determining the fate of this bright young man who’s only done good for this world.