A comparision of the degree of Racism in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'.

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From Martin Luther King to Nelson Mandela and many more in between, people have tried to encourage the condemnation of prejudice. Harper Lee and Mildred D. Taylor have tried to do this using the medium of the novel. Many people would feel that the books could be set in the 19th century due to the significance of the prejudice and racism involved. They are actually set in the 1930s and, whilst these childhood accounts were written in the second half of the 20th century, the prejudice still existed at the time of writing and still occurs in inexcusable amounts today. Throughout both books, there are many instances where characters endure or cause suffering due to their unreasonable prejudice. The authors use some similar and some differing…show more content…
This is exactly what happened to Cassie, and is completely unjustifiable. The way the author enables you to feel empathy for Cassie is what condemns prejudice. More of this open prejudice appears in Mr. Barnett 's shop, as he plainly ignores the black children in favour of a white woman, who had a lot more shopping than the black children: "Mr Barnett walked to another counter and began filling the order, but before he finished a white woman called, "Mr. Barnett, you waiting on anybody just now?" Mr. Barnett turned around, "Just them," he said, indicating to us with a wave of his hand. "What can I do for you, Miz Emmaline?" The woman handed him a list twice as long as T.J. 's and the storekeeper, without a word of apology to us, proceeded to fill it." After Mr. Barnett had displayed this blatant show of prejudice, Cassie went on to ask him why he wasn 't helping them. Mr. Barnett became exceptionally angry because he thought that Cassie was acting outrageously just by talking back to him, even though she spoke very politely. This is partly because he has no respect for black people in general but also because he just cannot believe that a young black girl would have the moral courage to act differently to the norm. Even though she acts in a manner that we could easily accept by today 's standards, Mr. Barnett thinks that she is conceited and a menace. This condemns prejudice because the reader cannot find any genuine reason that would

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