Dolphus Raymond In the extract we come across a character called Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus Raymond is a white man who is in a relationship with a black woman and has ‘mixed children.’ Jem and Scout are discussing Dolphus Raymond’s ‘mixed children’ when Jem says ‘but around here once you have a drop of negro blood, that makes you all black.’ The ‘but’ in Jem’s sentence represents the places in America that have yet to move on from the laws of segregation. Jem’s sentence frustrates the reader as it lacks elements of emotion, as Jem and Scout could cause a change of opinions in the community of Maycomb. Jem talks about ‘a drop of negro blood’ this implies that both Jem and Scout have a negative attitude towards black people, perhaps caused by the amount of prejudice opinions in Maycomb. Lee includes Dolphus Raymond in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to explore the issues of racial prejudice surrounding the time in which the novel is set and in the novel itself.
This shows that even thought Mr. Radley had no proof he assumed that it was an African American only because of his racist opinions towards blacks. In essence the plot of this novel demonstrates how the negative opinions of people can change others lives
To Kill A Mockingbird Analytic Essay Maycomb is an extremely prejudiced town, even though the novel is based when the black people had been released from slavery for over 70 years. Even so, the racism is still painfully clear as demonstrated in the timeless masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird. Not only is Maycomb prejudiced against the black people, they are also prejudiced against way woman should be, people with disabilities and the poorer families. African Americans face the prejudice head on as there skin colour is different, there are made to be servants or slaves to the white people. "Well Dill, after all he's just a nigger," startling words from Scout who should have known better.
The men in both cases were thought to be guilty simply because they were black. Mayella Ewell was Bob Ewell’s abused, lonely and unhappy daughter. She was the women who Tom Robinson was accused of raping. Like many other southern blacks, toms was not educated and thought to be less of a person by whites. Whether Mayella knew it or not, her accusations against Mr. Robinson were like picking a fight with a man who is not capable of fighting back.
Mr. Gilmer, the prosecutor, used Tom’s race and physical strength to imply that Tom was just another stereotypical black man who targeted a fair skinned female. Mr. Gilmer hinted that because Tom was strong and coloured, Tom would rape and beat a white woman. Not only was Tom discriminated against on the stand, but after Tom was sent to the slammer, Tom was killed and shot at multiple times after he was already dead. “ ‘Seventeen bullet holes in him. They [the police] didn’t have to shoot him that much.’ ” (235).
Contagious and Deadly Prejudice Harper Lee’s work, To Kill a Mockingbird, displays the dilemmas and hardships of the 1930’s. There are a small amount of people who truly make decisions considering the way they actually feel. Tom Robinson is sentenced to a trial he is not guilty for, and Atticus takes his case. Tom Robinson is a black man in a prejudice and racial time period. Prejudice can be compared to a disease because it’s contagious, hereditary, and harmful.
They accuse him of raping and beating a young white woman. Harper Lee's to kill a Mockingbird and John Grishman's a time to kill are both about racial prejudice in the south, Atticus Finch and Jake Brigance try to end racial prejudice in the south. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there was a lot of racism. One example of racism was that the word "nigger" Was use a couple times. African-Americans
Prejudice is portrayed in many forms in the novel. Characters in the book suffer discrimination due to race, age, social status and sex. This racism appears to be a normal thing to the people of Maycomb. In the novel, Scout runs into trouble with both a classmate and a cousin when the two boys taunt her about her father, whom they call a "nigger love". Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a black man named Tom Robinson.
In this novel, racism towards black people is very present. Even if slavery had been abolished at that time, black people were still inferior to the white population. For instance, to identify coloured men, they called them “niggers”, which was even allowed in a court room while giving a statement (247). This observation clearly demonstrates how little respect white folks had for blacks. The name “nigger” was used commonly as if it had no pejorative signification.
Racism or Discrimination, It’s Still Prejudice To Kill a Mockingbird During the 1930’s, in the southern states, people were poor, white or black and they had to behave according to their colour, gender as well as their social standing. Prejudice- a judgment or opinion formed before hand or without thoughtful examination of the pertinent facts, issues or arguments: especially an unfavourable, irrational opinion (The Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary, 1063). In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, prejudice is seen in many forms, such as racial prejudice and social prejudice. However, prejudice can be overcome when people take the time to start seeing people for who they are; good or evil.