Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear. A fear that they will get lynched for a crime they did not commit. Stereotyping is a human instinct. We will always stereotype people's race, class and families. When Aunt Alexandra lived with the Finches, she said this to Scout about the Cunninghams, "Because he is trash, that's why you cant play with him.
The Puritan community in The Crucible was vulnerable in many ways and susceptible to irrational and panicky accusations of the Salem Witch Hunts because of their strict and constricting ways. The children in the community are treated very poorly and less than everyone else in the town. As the Salem Witch Hunts were essentially started by the children the fact that they were treated as lesser beings contributed to the communities demise. “He (Reverend Parris) regarded them as young adults, an until this strange crisis he, like the rest of Salem, never conceived that the children were anything but thankful for being permitted to walk straight, eyes slightly lowered, arms at their sides, and mouths shut until bidden to speak,” (Miller 3). Miller foreshadows the Witch Hunts to come.
Prejudgments are harmful because they limit the lives of the stereotyped individual and the person doing the stereotyping. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows the negative effects of stereotyping at its extreme. Many people know that stereotyping is unfair and unjust, but most do it anyway, and the main reason this is done so much is still not understood. One of the major stereotypes in this novel is the categorizing people into certain groups based on their family history. There are many ways to judge people, and Harper Lee shows some very typical stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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.
Walter is a boy that Scout goes to school with who is poor. Aunt Alexandra was also prejudice toward the Cunningham family as well. Alexandra sees the Cunningham’s as really poor people and they are below the Finches social status in Maycomb. In the book Alexandra says “they’re good folks, but they’re not our kind of folks.” The Ewells were also another family in the town of Maycomb who was shown prejudice towards. They live near the Maycomb dump, so almost the whole town of Maycomb knows them as white trash.
Police Ethics With so much corruption in our world today, it is not hard to believe that police officers are not always honest and living up to their code of ethics. Police misconduct can occur for many reasons, such as helping out family and friends, anger towards a certain race, and just to take their anger out on others. Many times, police will dismiss people from a ticket or have the ticket “fixed” for their friends or family, which is a form of police misconduct even though many people do not recognize it as that. Police misconduct also occurs when the police officer is racist and unable to separate their feelings of others from their jobs, and they feel that because they are a part of a police force they cannot or will not be charged with violence or murder if they wrongfully attack someone. Our country has recently witnessed a large amount of police misconduct, and the murders of innocent people.
What dares the slave Come hither, cover’d with an antic face, To fleer and scorn at our solemnity? Now, by the stock and honour of my kin. To strike him dead, I hold it not a sin.”(Page 81-83, lines 51-56, 1.5)1 Romeo went to the Grand Masquerade that was hosted by Juliet’s father named lord Capulet. Unfortunately, Juliet’s cousin named Tybalt saw the Montague Romeo and wanted to hit him but fortunately Lord Capulet told the violent Tybalt not to, because it will bring a very bad name against him. Especially since Lord Capulet is well respected in the community he did not want to lose the respect that those people have on him.
Through To Kill A Mockingbird, the reader puts on the shoes of a little girl, Scout, and traipses through this familiar town and learns of social injustice by seeing it affect not only a member of the town, but her own father. The societal ills To Kill A Mockingbird comments on the most are race and the morality of acceptance. Race is the central issue of To Kill A Mockingbird. With Scout being white and coming from a seemingly middle class family, she does not understand racism or its effects on those for whom the hatred is intended. Scout’s hero, her father Atticus, says to her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .
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. Racism was given to its full potential in this novel by displaying that of Tom Robinson being charged on a crime that he did not commit. He is accused of raping a white women by one of the most untrustworthy people in the town. This was just another accusation in this time but ended as most did, with the wrong outcome chosen because of social inequality. Differences in social status are explored largely through the overcomplicated social status.
To Kill a Mockingbird Symbolism In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses symbolism as a way to represent prejudice in Maycomb. The three symbols that are used to explore the prejudice theme are; a mockingbird, the fire and the snowman. This novel is a true story based on Harper Lee’s life when she was a 6-year-old child. The mockingbird symbol represents the injustice of Negroes, for they don’t harm anyone. It is sinful to shoot a mockingbird.