“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy, that’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a book of exploration of the moral nature of human beings—that is, whether people are essentially good or essentially evil. A young girl named Scout deals with the issues of racism while gaining knowledge, experience, strength, and courage, while her father, a lawyer, is persecuted for defending a falsely accused black man being charged with raping a white girl. Many characters are judged upon their race, behavior, and social class.
In the town of Maycomb, the black population is judged upon their skin color. For instance, when Mr. Gilmer is cross-examining Tom, and speaking to him without dignity. Mr. Gilmer says to Tom during his cross-examination “are you being impudent to me boy.”(225). Mr. Gilmer called a grown man boy, it was clear he showed no respect to Tom, who is black. Likewise, ...view middle of the document...
People in Maycomb are not only discriminated by race but in addicting to their behavior.
Many people in Maycomb are evaluated by their behavior. In support of, Aunt Alexandra judges Atticus on his parenting skills. Aunt Alexandra said to Atticus “Atticus it’s all right to be soft hearted, you’re an easy many, but you have a daughter to think of.”(155) Aunt Alexandra thinks that Atticus does not care about his children. In fact, when Miss Merriweather was at the House of The Finches she judges Atticus on his decision to defend Tom. (265). Likewise when Jem and Scout pass by Mrs. Dubose, she is always judging them on their behavior. Scout says “we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjugated to ruthless interrogation regarding our behavior.”(114). Mrs. Dubose examines Scout and Jem when they pass by and judge them upon that. People in Maycomb were evaluated on their behavior as well as their social class.
Throughout the story, many families were judged on their social class. For instance, Jem puts the people in Maycomb in order. He tells scout “there are four people of folks in the world… there’s the kind like the Cunningham’s… the kind like the Ewells… and the Negros. (258). He classifies them into four groups. In support of, Aunt Alexandra refers to Walter as a bad influence on Scout. Aunt Alexandra tells scout “he is trash.”(256). Aunt Alexandra does not want Scout to hang around with Walter Cunningham. Similarly, the half-white and half-black people in Maycomb are discriminated because they do not belong anywhere. “They don’t belong anywhere… they’re just in-betweens. They fit nowhere in society, not one will take them in, not the white, nor the blacks.
Many characters are affected by the power of judgment, on their race social status and behavior. Maycomb’s black population falls beneath all white families in May-comb county including the Ewells. When Mrs. Dubose the mean old lady who lives down the street from the finch family yells insults at jem and Scout on her way to town. In the town of Maycomb the finches are at the top while the blacks are at the bottom. This decimation gives the people a reason to despise them. Making a judgment is like killing a mockingbird.