Theme Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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SUBJECT To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is set in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. It is a time of racism, opinionated communities, and poverty. Scout and Jem Finch face several conflicts throughout the novel and are forced to mature quickly. Atticus Finch, the father of Jem and Scout, also faces a major difficulty which will affect his family and the town he lives in. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Maycomb, and is given the responsibility to support the defendant assigned to him and do what is just, despite the town’s disapproval. The case he is given involves an African American man, Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Since this occurred during the time of the Great…show more content…
Bob Ewell’s comment in court supplies a perfect example of how Tom was mistreated. Tom was a nice, respectful, and helpful man who was tried for a crime he did not commit. The lack of respect for Tom is evident in the courthouse. Boo Radley is another example of struggling with social acceptance and understanding. Throughout the story, Scout, Jem, and Dill discuss the horrible rumors about Boo. “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows… crimes committed in Maycomb were his work”(9). Boo Radley was falsely judged by his neighbors for actions he did not do. As the end of the novel approaches, the children get a clear perspective on who the man was and how the rumors about him were lies. He was a kindhearted man who cared for the children, but was simply misunderstood by the community and for that reason was considered an outcast to them. The third example of prejudice throughout the community is Mr. Dolphus Raymond and him being recognized as drunk.He is notorious for carrying a bottle covered with a brown paper bag. “Jem giggled. ‘He’s got a Coca-Cola bottle full of whiskey in there.” (182). The children and community were given the impression that Mr. Raymond was a drunken outcast who did not fit in anywhere, but in fact the bottle was literally filled with Coca- Cola. The town had falsely judged Mr. Raymond for being a drunk and did not know that they were far from the truth.
A minor theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is
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