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How Does Lee Use Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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You are black and you are white. You may not sit together. This is life in the 1930s. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives us an example on the impacts of racism and prejudice. Set in the dull streets of Maycomb city, To Kill a Mockingbird provides a glimpse of the times throughout The Great Depression and its racial problems. In this unusual story, an innocent black man is accused of rape and killed, a white man pretends to be a drunk and an aloof man is known to be a murderer. Overall, Lee’s book reveals that prejudice is the child of ignorance and how very often it can be used.
Maycomb city was a poor town in Alabama full of discrimination and judgement where white people got more rights than black. They were segregated by
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He was a married black man who lived next to a white Ewell family. This family accused Tom of raping Mayella, Bob Ewell’s daughter. Tom’s trials took place in the court with Atticus as his lawyer. Atticus was a non- racist man, unlike the other lawyers who never supported nor tried to help out any niggers sent to court. The Ewells were not very educated and had a low class in the society. But even that being said, the jury in the court had taken their side as they they were white. As Tom was black, with no fault, he was sentenced to death. This shows the great discrimination that stirred in Maycomb. Over that, Mayella and Bob even lied under oath on their trials and tried to make up stories. “-- I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!” (Lee 285). This quote is one of the lies that Bob Ewell brought with him, trying to falsely blame Tom. When asked by Atticus if Mayella remembered Tom hitting her, she hesitates and says, “No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me” (Lee 305). Her hesitation surely proves that she had planned to lie and bring down Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson being shot innocent made some of the people in the court realize the truth and how misjudged Tom’s identity
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