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Race Issues "To Kill A Mocking Bird" And Others

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Through out many years race has been an important factor of human society. Humans over the ages have observed and speculated the physical differences among individuals and groups. Generally there are 3 main groups, Caucasian, Mongoloids and Negroid. Over the years racism has occurred and conflicts between races (mainly between Caucasian and Negroid). People have used race to gain power and influence others. There are many views to look at when dealing with race issues. Even today in our society there is active racism, racial slurs are becoming less offensive then before as they are used like everyday slang.The understanding I perceived of race issues has been shaped through out the term after looking at a couple of texts based upon race issues. Generally the composers show a sad , realistic side of the story where race haTo Kill a Mocking BirdThe composer of this text, Harper Lee has shows the story through the memories of a little innocent girl living in Maycomb, South America. Harper Lee uses symbolism rather extensively throughout this story, and much of it refers to the problems of racism in the South during the early twentieth century. Harper Lee's effective use of racial symbolism can be seen by studying various examples from the book. This includes the actions of the children, the racist whites, and the actions of Atticus Finch.The story of to kill a mocking bird takes place in Alabama in the Depression , (1930)and is narrated by the main character, a little girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus , is a lawyer with high moral standards. She and her brother, Jem, and their friend Dill are intrigued by the local rumors about a man named Boo Radley who lives in their neighborhood but never sets foot from his house. Legend has it that he once stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors, and he is made out to be a kind of monster.Atticus decides to take on a case involving a black man named Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a very poor white girl named Mayella Ewell, a member of the notorious Ewell family, who belong to the part of Maycomb society that people refer to as "trash." The Finches all face harsh criticism in racist Maycomb because of Atticus's decision to defend Tom, but Atticus insists upon going through with the case because his conscience could not let him do otherwise. He knows that Tom has almost no chance, because the white jury will never believe his story, but he wants to reveal the truth of what happened to his fellow townspeople as well as expose their bigotry.The night before the trial, Tom is moved into the county jail, and Atticus, fearing a possible lynching, stands guard outside the jail door all night. Jem is concerned about him, and the three children sneak into town to find him. A group of men arrives ready to cause some violence to Tom, but Scout runs out and begins to speak to one of the men, the father of one of her classmates in school. Her innocence brings them out of their mob...

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