Examine The Way In Which Harper Lee Presents The Black Community In To Kill A Mockingbird.

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The novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ written by Harper Lee contains few aspects about Maycomb black community. This links very well with one of the most important theme of the novel, racism. Harper Lee describe black community as poor, uneducated and unfairly treated people, but in the end Harper Lee tells us that black people are just like anyone else in Maycomb and they deserve to be treated equally.To begin, Harper Lee describes black community as extremely poor, uneducated group of people. Harper Lee describe the First Purchase African M.E church as “ancient paint peeled building, the only church in Maycomb with a steeple and bell/ A few graves in the cemetery were marked with crumbling tombstone; newer ones were outlines with brightly coloured glass and broken Coca-Cola bottles”. This quotation vividly shows how poor these people are. Also, scout realise that most people in the church are not well educated.”About four folks in First Purchased read…”/ there wasn’t school even when he was a boy this quotation tells us that majority black people cannot read, just because they didn’t have the chance to learn it. These two evidence imply to us that there are some sort of social injustices in Maycomb.Secondly, Harper Lee shows us that black people can’t even use the same church as whites. The quote “Negroes worshipped in it on Sundays and white man gambled in it on weekdays” tells us that White people not only...

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