Oppression In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Oppression in To Kill a Mockingbird In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are some very important lessons about equality. There are also some difficult issues about oppression spread throughout the novel. It is good to know ways of change so that the acts of oppression committed in the novel will not be repeated throughout society today. There are three forms of oppression shown in the novel are racism, sexism and ageism. Racism is evident throughout the novel. The mad-dog Tim Johnson was shot with hesitation. Sheriff Tate was reluctant to shoot the dog so Atticus had to step in and shoot him. Nathan Radley also said he would shoot at any person he thought was black. He said specifically, if anyone saw a black person, to tell that individual Nathan Radley had a bullet ready for him. Also the dog had a first and last name, where the black people are all under the term “niggers.” Sexism is also shown throughout the novel in different ways. One example is when Aunt Alexandra teaches Francis how to cook and Scout says that cooking is something girls do. Also another example occurs when Aunt Alexandra tells Scout to stop wearing overalls and wear dresses instead. She told Scout that overalls were meant only for boys. Finally, ageism is shown whenever Aunt Alexandra makes Scout sit alone at supper because she is a child. Jem is able to sit at the dinner table because he is older. Scout fails to relate to her father because of their age difference. This occurs when she accuses Atticus of knowing nothing because he is deemed too old from her perspective. Ageism is also apparent when Scout’s Uncle Jack would not explain what a whore-lady is because he thought she would be too young to understand. Oppression is also evident in different modern societies today. For instance, there is great depression in the Dominican Republic. We were taught
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