Theme Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s highly acknowledged ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a long and complex novel that encompasses a wide range of issues and universal themes. Lee has fictionalised the infinitesimal county of Maycomb, a town set in her Pulitzer prize winning book. This piece of golden fiction is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, a girl whose naivety increasingly declines as the story progresses. Her father, Atticus Finch is a lawyer who upholds high moral standards, and was given the position to defend Tom Robinson, a character who is a Negro and of whom is “guilty” of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. The community established in Maycomb evidently informs an audience that racism is tolerated nonetheless; may not always be agreed with. Atticus successfully portrays a character who doesn’t discriminate against others because of their skin colour. Moreover, he embodies a stalwart, tenacious and resolute character throughout the novel, epitomising for his kids: Scout and Jem that the skin colour of someone has no significance. Accordingly, the novel emphasises the importance of people in positions of privilege to stand up and resist systemic discrimination in order to protect the innocent. Atticus’s actions and ideologies promote this invited reading as he does not retaliate with other characters who are racist and frame others in a negative light. His interactions with other characters, those who particularly victimise those of a different colour demonstrate the strong,
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