Discrimination and prejudice has been an existing problem since the seventeenth century and still exists today. Discrimination has been a worldwide dilemma and was very evident during the early 1900s. In the novel “To kill a mockingbird” it portrays this theme perfectly while teaching the reader a moral lesson about discrimination. There are 3 characters that face this theme but are truly very good people. Boo Radley who gets discriminated for having a disability, Tom Robinson who is a black man that allegedly raped a white girl and Dolphus Raymond who is discriminated for marrying a black woman.
Boo Radley is the first person in the novel that is introduced to major discrimination from the town of Maycomb. Everyone in the town is scared of Boo because of his disability along with him stabbing his father in the leg. For instance when scout is narrating Boo Radley she describes him in a frightening manor. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him…Any stealthy, small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.” (Lee, 10) This is significant because the town is convinced that Boo Radley, being very mysterious, is the one that would cause these bad events to happen. Furthermore, no one in Maycomb has gotten to know Boo Radley enough to know that he is a good person. This was evident when Jem went back to the Radley house to retrieve his pants. “They were in a tangle when I was getting’ out of ‘em, I couldn’t get ‘em loose.
When I went back, Jem took a deep breath. When I went back they were folded across the fence…like they were expecting me.” (Lee, 78) For this reason, Boo Radley is a good person because he untangled, repaired, folded Jem’s pants for him so that he wouldn’t have to repair them himself showing that Boo cares for Jem and Scout. Therefore, Boo Radley has been portrayed as a bad person and shown discrimination but in truth is a moral and wholesome person.
Tom Robinson is the next person in the novel that is under major discrimination and prejudice. During this time period black people worked as servants for white people. Thus they were treated unfairly and not given equal rights. Because of this authority would favour white people over black people. This is shown in the Tom Robison case when Tom was getting questioned by Mr. Gilmer.
“You did all this chopping and work from sheer goodness, boy? Tried to help her, I says. Mr. Gilmer smiled grimly at the jury. You’re a mighty good fellow, it seems-did all this for not one penny? Yes, suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em. (Lee 263-264)
This is significant because white people believed that black people were cheaters and thieves. As in this quote Mr. Gilmer doesn’t believe...