Racism, Justice, Social Expectations And Corruption

1014 WordsMar 31, 20165 Pages
Martin Luther King Jnr. once stated, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This statement perfectly portrays the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. These characters are: Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, Arthur (Boo) Radley, and Scout Finch. The themes in this novel are racism, justice, social expectations and corruption, these themes can be seen through the racist attitudes towards Tom Robinson, the unjust decision to charge Tom Robinson as guilty because of his race, the expectation of scout to be feminine and wear dresses and how they corrupt the law by acting upon their feelings not knowledge. In the novel, the character Tom Robinson faces racism through defending himself in court which demonstrates where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. To be a black man living in the 1930s was a difficult life as white and blacks were separated and the black people were treated unfairly. Black people wanted for white people to treat them differently, but could not due to the Jim Crow laws. In that time there was also a belief of the whites that African-American men were sexual predators and would be a danger to the women. Similarly, the situation of Boo Radley as well can be used to show white peoples discourteous attitude towards him just because of their own thoughts and opinions without the knowledge. The racism towards Tom Robinson can be seen in the

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