Prejudice is Everywhere “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance” (Lee 221). Atticus, the narrator’s father in To Kill a Mockingbird, expresses his disgust in the manner of how white men treat the African-American race. This part of the novel is only one example of the prejudices observed in To Kill a Mockingbird, as the novel highlights the issue throughout. Racism was a major issue a large number of men, women, and even children had to face during the time periods of the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Scout, the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, is a young girl living in Maycomb, Alabama.
Jem and Scout stats to become aware that all this is caused by segregation. Since Atticus is defending Tom Robinson in court Mrs. Dubose starts to insult Atticus for ‘lawing for *******’ which infuriates both of his children. [Theme: The injustice of racism and segregation] 2. “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they treid. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins.
In the book, To Kill a mockingbird written Harper Lee, there are prejudices expressed in this book, racial prejudice, Social prejudice and Fear of the unknown. These prejudices were expressed in the Town of Maycomb County in the eyes of Scout. Racial prejudice was expressed very carelessly in the book, a lot of people could go around calling African American people a ‘nigger’ and even more so, a ‘black’ or ‘coloured’ person. When Atticus knew he would be defending Tom Robinson, he knew he would be receiving negative comments and gossip, he also knew that his kids will also be getting negative comments from school or around the community. One example is when scout was at school and Cecil Jacobs approached scout and told her that “scouts daddy defends niggers”, when Scout told her father, he told scout to ignore any gossip because Atticus knew what he was doing was right.
In part one of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee establishes extensive prejudice in Maycomb. This can be in the form of racial or social prejudice. In doing so she comments on the fear that drives prejudice and the irrationality that lies at its core. She also comments on how this intolerance is perceived through different characters. The theme of prejudice has been established through the characterisation of the narrator Scout’s father, Atticus and Boo Radley, as well as the narrative perspective of Scout.
Being a very white based court room this created much fear among blacks to come out and tell the truth about Till. Later in the case, finally Willy Reid a sharecropper put his life at risk and pointed to Milam and Bryant and accused them of killing Till. Later being smuggled out of Mississippi and having a nervous breakdown, the case overall lead to there was not enough evidence to prove that Milam
Have you ever been in a situation were you or someone you knew have been discriminated due to the color of their skin? It seems that everywhere we go there are at least subliminal showings of some sort of racism. Many countries in the world are very nationalistic and show disapproval and hate for some foreigners. “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand.” (Atticus) In To Kill a Mocking Bird, there are a few incidents full of racism. On of them would be when the African American character Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout, two white children, to her church.
It’s just plain dangerous. Everybody knows they carry different kinds of diseases than we do” (Stockett, 10). Black people were degraded and were not looked at as human. They did not have the freedom to go or use anything white people use. They were dehumanized if they stepped out of line “My husband cousin... they took her tongue out for talking to the clan... You think they gone take our tongues?
Lula was indignant that whites could attend her church but she could not attend whites’ church. The incident with Lula was reverse prejudice, but it was more common for whites to be prejudicial against blacks like it happened with Tom
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
The whites don't like colored people, and in return the colored don't like the whites. In the novel Calpurnia decides to take the children, Scout and Jem to her church, a “colored” church. Lula, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing white children to the church. We can take this to the past, Emmit Till and Trayvon Martin both of these boys death was caused because of racism, and other parts of prejudice. This novel shows how injustice is not only perpetuated by individual people, but a whole system that needs to change because despite the honorable work of people like