Relationship Between "How To Kill A Mockingbird" And "Mississipi Burning"

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Feature Article: "If you ain't better then a nigger, then who you better then?"What is a "nigger"? "Used as a disparaging term for a Black person" in the modern world, calling a black man, a nigger would be offensive and would be racist.What is racism? "Racism is a form of discrimination based on race, especially the belief that one race is superior to another. Racism may be expressed individually and consciously, through explicit thoughts, feelings or acts, or socially and unconsciously through institutions that promote inequality between races."Racism is relevant in society today as well as the past, where there was different kinds of racism, through colour, gender etc. But, there is a different meaning of racism in the texts, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Mississippi Burning, where coloured people, as they say, are discriminated based purely on their skin colour, but not judged by their skills, human like features etc. In context of the film and book, the white community judge only by appearance. Racism is society is relevant to the book by Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the film, Mississippi Burning, directed by Alan Parker.In context, between the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the film, "Mississippi Burning", they show racism in two unique ways, from "To Kill a Mockingbird", racism is distinctly shown through a small town, Maycomb, through the eyes of a young girl, Scout. The growth of racism is proportional to the growth of Scout. The concept of Bildungsroman, a German word meaning novel of growth/ education comes into context in relation to Scout and her view of her "world". While in the Mississippi Burning, racism is shown through various film techniques, symbolic meanings and mediums."To Kill a Mockingbird" is a great example of showing how racism was portrayed during the 20's and 30s. Life was very different from then, where previously there were still African American slaves that were not being recognised as equals to the white community. Racism is shown in the book, with Tom Robinson, a Negro, who is accused of raping Mayella, daughter of Bob Ewell, who is described as being extremely poor. In reality, it is obvious that Tom Robinson was convicted because he was a black and that if the community would blame it on someone and the blame would go on a nigger, and all would be better if the blame could go on a Negro."To Kill a Mockingbird" is a phrase used in Harper Lee's book by Miss Maudie to teach the children not to hurt creatures that do not cause any harm. In To Kill a Mockingbird, we learn that both adults and children discriminate by hurting or looking down on others because of their differences, but it is the fault of adults that prejudice continues over time. Lee shows us that discrimination is rampant in Maycomb County as it was in most places in the South in the 1930's. The racism encountered by Tom Robinson and the discrimination against Arthur Radley are not fair, but the same types of prejudice are still apparent...

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