The Presentation of the Coloured Community in ‘to Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.

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In Harper Lee’s novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, the Coloured Community of Maycomb are presented as segregated from the White Community. Despite being suppressed by many racist members of the White Community, the Coloured Community were a close knit community. Their facilities were very poor compared to those of the White Community with no proper hygiene or even education services. They didn’t have a right to education or a right to vote, however, there were some members of the community who were literate. Calpurnia, the Finch’s maid, was one of the very few of the Coloured Community who could read and write. Calpurnia learnt to read and write from Miss Maudie Atkinson’s aunt, Miss Buford. Calpurnia taught her son Zeebo also to read and write. Zeebo performed ‘linin’ at church which is when he sung the first line of a hymn and the congregation repeated it back. This was done because of the fact that hardly any of the congregation were literate. The final member of the community who was literate was Reverend Sykes, leader of the First Purchase Church. He forced a sense of community when he invited Jem and Scout up to the Coloured balcony during Tom Robinson’s trial. This showed a respect towards Atticus for all the work he had done for their community by defending Tom Robinson. In Maycomb, it wasn’t just the White Community who showed prejudice towards the Coloured Community; the Black Community demonstrated it towards the White Community also. An example of this is when Lula, a member of the Black Community, was racist towards Jem and Scout when Calpurnia brought them to the First Purchase Church one day. This was demonstrated when Lula said to Calpurnia, ‘you aint got no business bringin’ white chillun here’. The First Purchase Church was the Coloured Community’s Church which was built and named after the first freed slaves spent their first salaries on building

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