To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior (Lee). It portrays how unkind people of Maycomb County could be. It shows a time when being different made life more difficult than it had to be. It was a time when people did not accept differences. It especially shows cruelty against blacks, lawyers, and the poor. Discrimination against blacks is shown a lot all throughout the novel. Maycomb County didn t exactly welcome blacks as well as the whites were welcomed. The white people had more priveleges than the black people had. The blacks wouldn t enter the courtroom until all of the whites had entered (Lee 166). Racial discrimination still goes on today. Because of racism in the criminal justice system, blacks are more likely to be arrested, convicted, and given stiffer sentences (Horne 135). When slavery had ended, the so-called freedom lands held nothing but disappointment for most black people (McCague 119). To Kill A Mockingbird tells of a black man being accused of raping a white woman and in the courtroom, the white man s word is taken over the black man s word (Lee 172). The white woman s father said that some nigger d raped his girl (Lee 169). The black man is punished for a crime that he did not commit because of his race. In the novel, racial words are used often. Words such as nigger and negroe . It wasn t known for white folks and black folks to be together unless it was work associated. If it was seen, people would say, why s he sittin with the colored folks? (Lee 163). To Kill A Mockingbird also shows discrimination against lawyers. Lawyers have always been deeply discriminated against. They are discriminated for what they believe, stand for, and everything that they represent. It shows that Atticus Finch was hated for defending Niggers (Lee 79). Many

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