Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird Research Paper

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Racism In To Kill a Mockingbird a reoccurring theme is racism. The story takes place in Maycomb, a small gossipy town infected with the disease of racism. The white supremacy of the town is evident and there are instances of racism everywhere. An example being when Scout, Jem, and Dill get run out of the Radley’s yard and the neighborhood’s first reaction is to assume a black person was trespassing with ill intent. When Jem asks what all the commotion was about Miss Maudie even says, “Mr. Radley shot at a Negro in his collard patch” (54) when she had no idea what was really going on. It the racism that she hosted that made her blame a colored person of stirring up trouble right off the bat without proof of any kind. Another example of racism is when Jem and Scouts cousin Francis teases Scout. Francis tells Scout “I guess…show more content…
Mayella had a hard, lonely life. She took care of her many brothers and sisters, was mentally, emotionally, and physically abused by her own father, lived in extreme poverty, and was looked down upon by the rest of the town. She looked for acceptance in a black man named Tom Robinson, the only man (or perhaps the only person) that was ever decent to her. When she was found out the guilt of breaking a social barrier so thick caused her to accuse an innocent man of rape. This shows that even though Tom was so good to Mayella, he was black, and even she let her racism get the best of her and took him to court. When taken to court, it was clear that Tom was innocent. When Mayella was asked if Tom hit her in the face she responded “No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me.” (185) However, the jury was all white and even though there was no evidence against him, Tom was convicted all because he was a black man and Mayella Ewell was a white
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