Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird And The Help By Tate Taylor

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The funny thing about discrimination is that it does not discriminate. It can be in black versus white, rich versus poor, old versus young, and even between people within the same group. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Help by Tate Taylor, the presence of discrimination is seen throughout the duration of both the novel and film. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout cannot quite understand the discrimination against a man who has done nothing to anyone yet is labeled the town drunk, and the discrimination she and Jem face when they go to Calpurnia 's church. Eugenia Phelan or “Skeeter” just cannot fathom all the discrimination that sickens her in her town and she does everything in her power to end racial inequality. In both …show more content…
While at the Tom Robinson trials for her father, her and Dill step outside to get some fresh air because Dill is overwhelmed by the injustices of the court, that is when they meet Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus Raymond to the town is nothing but a low life drunk who is worthless, so, Scout was hesitant to initiate a conversation with him. He offers Dill a drink out of his brown paper lunch bag, which he assumes to be whiskey, but to their surprise ends up being Coca Cola, that is when he says, “It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Seecretly, Miss. Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s that way I want to live” (Lee 268). Scout has only heard nothing but the stories people have made up about him and how wrong they were. As she discovers this she realizes that you cannot judge someone based on what other people have said because most of the time their opinion is biased. She believes that just because someone is known as something does not define them and for the most part is false information. Having said that, when Calpurnia invites them to go to church with her, Jem and Scout are ecstatic to go, but when they get there it is a different story. As they walk in the doors of the church they encounter Lula and she says, “ You ain’t got no …show more content…
Both Scout and Skeeter do not agree with it, but Skeeter acts on it, whereas Scout is just a bystander in the situation because she doesn 't know how to react or how to fully act on it yet. In both scenarios, Scout and Skeeter are in positions of discrimination against them and put in positions where they face discrimination against other people, the difference is Skeeter takes a stand and does something to help end discrimination because she sees and understands how bad it is and how it needs to be put to rest, but Scout just goes on living her life because she does not believe there is anything she can do about it. From looking at both of these stories with a different point of view, it is clearer now that there is many ways to take a stand against discrimination and to never put up with it whether it is against a peer or someone else and to always take a stand because no matter what the situation, it is always wrong to make someone feel less than they are

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