Racism In Maycomb Essay

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In Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” there is a lot of racism. Racism happens everywhere in the world sometimes as a joke and sometimes as a joke or just randomly slips out of your mouth. Many people in the world are treated unequally because of their religion, color, beliefs, disabilities and much more. In this novel there is lots of racism and it’s mainly between the blacks and the whites. The blacks are treated like slaves and the whites are treated like kings. Jem was affected when Atticus decided to take the case and defend Tom Robinson, the trial and the discrimination against black people. The character that I think was really affected by racism would be Jem.
Jem was really affected when Atticus had decided to take the case and defend Tom Robinson. At that time Jem thought black people were bad people and terrorists. Throughout the book Jem realizes that racism is a much bigger issue than it seems, and understands that Atticus is one of few people that stand against racism publicly. Jem finally understands that “Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend (Tom) was no accident,”(p.215) and that Atticus was the only person smart enough to make the jury think. At one point in the book Jem thought “Maycomb folks were the best in the world,”(p.215) but when he sees all the racial slurs against black people and how they are treated he felt like “a caterpillar in a cocoon,” (p.215).
When Jem went to the courthouse to watch the trial he saw that the black people were the same as them and they still had a lot of respect for the white people. This was where Jem’s opinion on black people actually changed. At the courthouse, Jem thought that Atticus would end up winning the case because Tom Robinson didn’t rape Mayella. Everyone knew that Tom didn’t rape Mayella because his left arm was shorter than his right arm and he was a nice and honest person. Atticus ended up losing the case because the white people in...

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