The fact that she has been influenced means that other individuals believe not possible for a black person to share the same manners and values as them (black people’s manners and values were not as worthy as white people’s in Maycomb at the time). Today, racism still very much exists, but less people believe that colored men are not respectable. Lynch mobs and segregation rarely occur anymore, and To Kill a Mockingbird makes the readers want to bring cultural inequality to an end, because it really illustrates that somebody’s culture or somebody’s skin color does not have anything to do with how respectable they are as a
Scout learned that Ms. Merriweather thinks Helen Robinson should be reprimanded because it is her skin color and her unfaithfulness to the church that caused their misfortune. The group of ladies that form the church circle should be an open-minded group, but they have only shown to be insensitive and unsympathetic. The full maturation of Scout is shown when she thinks to herself on the Radley porch, “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shows and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (374).
Scout’s Loss of Youth In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the main character, undergoes a sudden change when she hears the verdict of Tom Robinson’s trial. Scout goes from an immature, rash and stubborn child, who gets in fights and doesn’t think about her actions, to a young woman who formulates her own opinion, fully understands racism, and understands the role it plays in her town’s justice system. Before this turning point Scout is immature and childish. For example, Scout tried to get Calpurnia fired for selfish reasons. Scout claims that “[Calpurnia] likes Jem better’n she likes [Scout], anyway” and then proceeded to “[suggest] that Atticus lose no time in packing her off.”(25).
To Kill a Mockingbird Themes Have you ever seen discrimination against a darker-skinned person from a lighter-skinned person? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells a story about a little girl, Scout, and her father, Atticus, who is a white man. He has to defend a black, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell. This book had many themes that all taught a valuable lesson, such as: individuals have a right to protect the innocent, people often fear what they don’t understand, and the most important part of a child’s education may take place in the home and community rather than in the school. The first theme is individuals have a responsibility to protect the innocent.
Monday February 18, 2013 Essay An Education Problem Author Mary Sherry In the Praise of the F Word The author Mary Sherry is a school teacher and mother who believes in flunking students that are not motivated to master the basic skills in reading, writing and math. She thinks many high school students are cheated by the educational system that graduates them, lacking these basic skills. Also, she feels students should have these basic academic skills before they enter into the real world of college or employment. The author states the lack of not having the basic skills can lead to many social, educational and financial problems later down the road. She understands that people come from different environments and everyone can learn; they just need to be motivated.
Dubois's philosophy not only shows nihilism in the black race during this era but it also shows the same lack of progression in the black community in 2011. It reminds us of the lack of harmonious solidarity as well as the lack of intellect, high morals and spiritual insight affecting the Black masses today. His piece brings up an array of valid points on why the black community is its own worst enemy when it comes to building a new infrastructure of educational, historical and financial knowledge of self like the Jewish, Asian and Indian cultures. Dubois says “It is the problem of developing the best of this race that they may guide the mass away from the contamination and death of the worst, in their own and other races. Now the training of men is a difficult and intricate task.”(Dubois 1) I personally think that the contamination of most blacks today is from out dated teachings, some churches, politicians and most importantly, the entertainment business.
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
How does Harper Lee use minor characters in To Kill A Mockingbird to explore some of the main concerns of the novel? 1) Harper Lee used Dolphous Raymond to explain how racism was at the time. Raymond could not be himself because people would judge him because he had a negro wife and children. 2) Harper Lee used Aunt Alexandra and Mrs. Dubose to explain how people were biased. Scout could not do anything without Aunt Alexandra and Mrs. Dubose criticizing what Scout was wearing, doing, and behaving.
One of the differences Charlotte and Jean have is that Charlotte is more mature and thoughtful than Jean especially when her teacher Ms.Hencock dies in a tragic accident.” When I heard it, I felt as though my chest and throat were constricted by a band of dry ice.”(pg78 “The metaphor”)Another big difference Jena and Charlottes has is that Jean’s grade1 teacher was more strict and punished the grade1 students harshly.” Jean Louise, I’ve had about enough of you this morning.”(pg28”To kill a mockingbird”) Charlotte’s teacher’s personality is very different than Jean’s teacher. Charlotte’s teacher is way too nice to punish the students although she is treated with disrespect and taunted every time by her group of gr10 students. Jean and Charlotte both treats their teacher with disrespect but later on realized that what they had done was wrong and felt bad for the teacher. Although Charlotte’s teacher had a tragic ending and Jean was more immature they had both felt bad and saw the teacher being frustrated and
The quote “ I tried to see a friendly face in the mob” implies that she feels feeble and helpless as well as lonely. Elizabeth generally doesn’t seem to mention the feelings of the whites but just their actions, however, by analysing what Eckford is describing we can get a faint idea of their thoughts too. By shouting “lynch her!” refers to the fact that the whites are angry about de-segregation at their school and want her to leave them alone. They are being quite selfish towards her while being thoughtless and not thinking. Eckford finally recounts the actions that she saw on that day.