5/25/10 Stereotyping In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson was killed because he was stereotyped. They believed that he beat and raped Mayella Ewell because a white person said so. Many of the characters in the book were stereotyped because of their lifestyles. For example, Dolphus Raymond was stereotyped because he was a drunk. But in reality, he pretended to be a drunk so he can give others a excuse why he likes blacks more than whites.
Bob Ewell like Atticus is a white single parent and he is infamous for being the town’s white drunk trash. Bob is not a responsible parent, he is always losing his job and because of this his children suffer. Bob fails also to teach his children wrong from right because he makes Mayella lie in court which subsequently causes the death of an innocent man. He doesn’t have affection or even take care of his children obviously because on Scout’s first day of school his son is asked to leave because he has lice. Bob Ewell has no morals; he discriminates against blacks and even hits his own daughter.
He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape. Mayella had told Tom, “I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you.” (p.241) She had tricked him to coming over to her. Then that’s about the time when she accuses him of rape. He had felt sorry for her, which is why he was falsely accused in the first place. Courthouse segregation was one of the biggest bits of racism I found in this book.
To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee is a story of racial prejudice and social class, set in a time when such narrow mindedness was considered acceptable and apart of every day life in the small town of Maycomb. A widower, Atticus raises his children by himself, with the help of kindly neighbours and a black housekeeper named Calpurnia. Scout and Jem almost instinctively understand the complexities and machinations of their neighbourhood and town. This novel takes place in 1930’s in a typical southern society. Once Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, Scout faces many challenges and she discovers numerous facts about life.
Nick Salamone June 9th, 2009 Theme Analysis To Kill A Mockingbird is set in Alabama before civil rights cases were properly exposed of justices and cases against African-Americans were considered open. You find out that society can hurt innocent individuals who have littler power because of who they are. Through this novel, you put on the shoes of a small girl, Scout, and walks through a town where they learn of social inequality, coexistence of good and evil, and racism by seeing it through her father and life experiences. Race is a central issue in this time period. People aren't willing to accept change and theirs not much you can do in the 1930's to change that because it was "sociality acceptable" not to.
The children soon become obsessed with their mysterious, reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. While they unsuccessfully try to get Boo out of his house, Boo has a series of anonymous encounters with Jem and Scout. Meanwhile, Atticus, a distinguished lawyer, agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. This decision turns his children into targets of abuse from their friends and relatives. Despite Atticus’s powerful arguments for Tom’s innocence, the all-white jury convicts the black man.
Overall we can justify Lula’s reaction because that way nothing else, but hatred against white people that has been developed in her due to their prejudice against niggers but in the end she let them in. “When they saw Jem and me with Calpurnia, the men stepped back and took off their hats; the women crossed their arms at their waists, weekday gestures of respectful attention. They parted and made a small pathway to the church door for us.” (pg 131). After all majority welcomed white’s with
Brooks contrasts a strong feminist theme and positions us to see their heroic gestures to the weaknesses of men as the villagers are faced with great tragedies. Joss Bont is one of the villains of the plague year. Brooks positions us to see that Joss views the tragedy merely as an opportunity, and his extreme greed and insensitivity know no bounds. His exploitation of the dying and their families makes us see that Anna is glad she no longer shares a last name with him. When Bont adds attempted murder to his other crimes, the demoralized village finally calls him to account.
Discrimination based on socioeconomic status involves judging someone by the “individual’s or group's position within a hierarchical social structure. Socioeconomic status depends on a combination of variables, including occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence.” To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates how discrimination has always been here, and always will be. Racism is the most obvious form of discrimination represented in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The main character is a six year old girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer for Maycomb County, Alabama.
“To Kill A Mockingbird“: Literary Analysis Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird portrays life through a young girl’s eyes as she grows up and begins to realize that everything is not black and white. During a time where blacks were basically thought of as dirt and little girls were expected to sit still and help out around help put around the house, it is evident that that the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is being put top good use. The basic theme of the novel is civil rights. What happens to Tom Robinson is an injustice, and could only happen to a black man in the South during the 1930s. It could even be said that the predominantly white justice system killed Tom Robinson.