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How Does Lee Present Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racism is bad now, but imagine it in the 1930’s. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, showed what could happen when racism is involved in the world. A southern town in Maycomb, Alabama was suffering through the Great Depression. A six year old girl, Scout Finch, told the story about her family and growing up in Maycomb. Her father, Atticus was an attorney trying to prove a black man innocent of raping a white woman, but the trial ran on. There were many examples of racism in the book, including when Calpurnia, the family housekeeper, took Scout and Jem to an African-American church. Next was when Scout realized how ignorant their neighbor Mrs. Dubose was. Along with them, Bob Ewell was very racist in the book, creating lots of tension between the characters.…show more content…
Dubose, Bob Ewell was an ignorant character in the book. He was a drunk and very hateful towards blacks even though he was the most empty-handed person in the Maycomb community. He was also Mayella's father and would do anything to get Tom Robinson locked up. “He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. ‘- I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!’” (173). He had said this during the trial when Mr. Ewell was asked to say what he saw during the time of Mayella’s rape incident. One more concern for Bob was when was still answering questions about his whereabouts on the night of the incident. “‘ Why, I run for Tate quick as I could. I knowed who it was, all right, lived down younder in that nigger-nest,passed the house every day. Jedge, I’ve asked this county for fifteen years to clean out that nest down younder, they’re dangerous to live around ‘sides devaluin’ my property-’” (175). Bob Ewell was very poor himself and was unstable and he still had the courage to mention the weaknesses of someone else. He did not care about what he was saying, he just wanted Tom to be found at fault. Jem and Scout became fearful of Mr. Ewell causing society to collapse
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