Theme Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that depicts how unfairly African Americans were treated and looked upon during the 1930s. When she wrote the book and got it published it did well very quickly. Through the words of Harper lee we read of the horrific treatment of African Americans in southern communities and how whites could easily control the entire life of a black by accusing and using them as scape goats. In the book an African American is accused of a crime he didn't commit and has a very unfair trial as all the jury members are white and automatically assume he's guilty. Everyone in the town is prejudice and both races are segregated from each other. Whites rarely interact with blacks and it is very evidently. In Harper Lee's book To Kill a Mockingbird she shows social prejudice and injustice towards African Americans.
In the novel the setting takes place in Maycomb, Alabama a city in the deep south where segregation and racism is alive and well. In the book a huge conflict happens when a black man by the name of Tom Robinson is falsely accused and is even convicted of raping a Mayla Ewells a young white woman. The entire town is predominately white so the entire community whites and blacks are segregated from each other and rarely interact with one another. A quote from the book would show you how deep the hatred was between the two races. “To Maycomb, Tom’s death was typical. Typical of a black person to cut and run. Typical of a blacks mentality to have

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