Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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“To Kill A Mockingbird” is marvelous and unforgettable novel. Not only show how dramatic, sad in and old town – Maycomb be like, but through her unique writings, some big conflicts about politics and critical is going on through this tired old Southern town. Not just in general like education, friendship, neighbors but also pacific in individuals like family and the people’s characteristics themselves. In one book yet can covered with such many problems, Harper Lee must have been experienced a lot and deeply understanding that time. That is why the book lives, becoming literature and get the love from the audiences a lot. One of the problem and mostly run along with the story and interest me is racism between white people and black people socially.
Fiction usually based on what happened in real life. This novel, Harper Lee based on what she seen and writes about it. Racism was quite popular that moment. At the start of the story Harper doesn’t want to go directly into the problems but wanted it grows slowly through a vision of a little girl – Scout. It begins with the memories of a child “when he was nearly thirteen”. This is another interesting way from style of writing, beginning slowly and calm yet deeply meaning in the end. In this novel and all above 15 first chapters, racism exist in people’s mind, on actions and mostly from dialogue, questions they’ve been asked by people around. Relationship in social also causes the problems like this to happen too.
White people always racism, they usually messed up with people around and rarely respect colored people. They always think white people are the definition of perfect and others don’t which is not true. We all know that white people lead this thing, but in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Harper has shown us not only white people as we usually think but also black people doing the racism. In chapter 12, there’s a dialogue between Cal-the Finch’s helper and Lula-Cal’s neighbor when they look like they’re fighting and mocking at each other. Lula was kind of racism when Cal brings Scout and Jem-white kids to the church of black people community. You can see the racism from Lula when she asks “I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillum to nigger church”. The word “nigger” and “whit” in one sentence, with the irony attitude Lula gave to Cal can show how much racism she is in this case. And she was mad “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white little chillun here – they got their church, we got our’n.” then she go to the “fact” which is “It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” All are human yet they act like despite each other and have no respect at all. Not only affect to how people think around but those words also affect to the children. They’re still young and naive. Imagine if they’re not Atticus’ children, not being educated well in Atticus’ way: treating everyone equally, what would happen to them later in the future? There will be more racism people and this thing will keep going on and on,...

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