To Kill A Mokingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird "Takes readers to the roots of human behavior."(H. Lee) The book portrays how the people of Maycomb County can be cruel and unkindly. This book shows how being different in this society could cause many problems for oneself. In this book and during the time that this book was made, the 1930s, people did not except differences very well. People who were different did not get the rights and respect that they deserved. There is a lot of discrimination against blacks in this book. Blacks did not have much welcome in Maycomb County. "The blacks wouldn't enter the courtroom until all of the whites had entered."(H. Lee) Blacks were thought as the trash of the community, just a piece of worthless junk. In To Kill a Mockingbird and during the 1930s racism was a very influential and important part of society. An example from the book is the court case against Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was black so when he was accused of raping a white girl there was no way for him to win the case. This is because in society and in the courtroom a white mans word is taken over a black mans word. Tom was prosecuted by the girls white father. He said "Some Niger raped my girl," and since a white mans word is taken over a black mans word Tom was charged with rape and sentenced to jail. Another example of racism in the book comes from the police officers that the government employees. When Tom Robinson tried to escape from being jailed he was not only shot ounce, but seventeen times. This just further proves that blacks were thought of as trash. Blacks were called "Niger" or "Negro", they were spit at, tormented, secluded, and even the government didn't give them their American Rights. In the society portrayed in this book there was discrimination against people just because they were unlike the majority. Boo Radley got a lot of this torment, because people judged him and did not know him. So the community made up stories how Boo is a monster and a psycho killer. The children even used Boo Radley as a focal point of their games, and conversations. People in the Maycomb county thought that Boo was such a horrible man and that he was crazy and weird, but as the story unfolds it turns out that Boo Radley has more character than most people in the town. Although Boo Radley only appears once in the book, Boo stands for what is truly right. The prejudice that the town has for Boo fades away when he saves Scout and Jem from being killed by Mr. Ewell. Boo gave Jem and Scout presents and he watched over them. Boo truly cares for Jem and Scout yet this is only revealed in the end of the book. The prejudice for Boo Radley is extinguished when he shows himself and his true nature, but the prejudice for blacks has only...

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