Racism In Tkam

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Racism is unfair and everyone should have equal rights in court, in personal choices, and in society. In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus supports an African American man, which is very rare in the society because most white people do not support black people, and they think that they are better than black people. Everybody in Maycomb thought that he was wrong and a disgrace to the family. White people never lose to black people. Even though Atticus knew that a black man would never win over a white, he gave it a shot and tried his best to support Tom Robinson. Through the use of characterization and man vs society conflict, Harper Lee communicates the theme that in a racist, segregated, discriminatory society, tolerance of …show more content…
Mrs.Dubose is very rude to Atticus’s children and calls Atticus bad names and Jem got very upset so he broke all of her flowers. Atticus explains to Jem:“She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentleman. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to let her make you mad”(133). When Mrs. Dubose is being disrespectful to Atticus and his children, he shows tolerance by accepting the bad names that she calls him and how she is being rude to his children. Instead of attacking her and calling her names Atticus says to do the right thing and keep his head high and do not let her get him #upset. Jem has to pay for his action and has to read to Mrs.Dubose every Saturday and clean up the mess. People are blaming and disgracing Atticus for supporting Tom Robinson and his case. Atticus knows that the right thing to do is to take the case and help out Tom. When Scout asks Atticus why he is taking the case he explains:” The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (100). He ends up supporting and taking the case for Tom Robinson because he wants to do the right thing and show his kids a good example. He also knows that the people of Maycomb know that the right thing to do is to protect Tom Robinson because there is no proof that he committed the crime. Tom has a broken and unusable arm and Mayella was hurt on the right side of the face. Bob Ewell the father of Mayella is left-handed which meant it could have probably been him who commit the

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