To Kill A Mockingbird And The Help: An Analysis

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Discrimination is an issue that surrounds people in their everyday lives. From the media to different product brands and to people 's ideologies. These are all ways society exhibits different types of discrimination. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help both include racial and gender discrimination. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s in Alabama. In this time the South was very segregated and African-americans were very much discriminated against. Another issue was gender discrimination. People did not view women the same as men; they were not seen to have as many opportunities as men. This becomes an issue for main character Scout, who is a Tomboy. The Help takes place in the early 1960s. During this time the South was still very …show more content…
Jem says this because Scout was scared to touch the Boo Radley house. Scout is usually not scared of many things. Jem takes this to his advantage to offend her. Scout receives this comment as an insult because she is a Tom boy. Even with this offensive comment, Scout does not stick up for and defend herself, instead she just let it happen. Scout sees her femininity as somewhat like a trap. It is her not able to be her own person. This comes with being a woman in Maycomb. Woman in their city are not expected to do the kinds of things men do, which is what Scout likes. When Scout says “there was more to this than he knew.”, Scout is talking about how she believes that woman can do anything that men can do. In Chapter 11 when Atticus explains to her how he does his best to love everyone, Scout understands. In chapter 19 her understanding, is proven different. cout does not understand the racial issue like Dill and Jem, but is supporting the case because of her Dad. When Scout talks to Dill outside the court because he is crying, Scout says, “Well Dill after all he is just a Negro” (266). Scout does not hold her ground and stay true to what her father told her Scout does not know the hurtful prejudice behind this statement. Scout morally knows that African-Americans are not treated fairly, but she does not really understand racism. Scout proves her reactions to …show more content…
I think that the situation when Jem offends Scout is a lot like when Skeeter is involved in the discussion for the help’s outdoor toilet. Both characters do not agree what the other characters are saying, but do not stick up for themselves and hold their ground for what they know is right. Furthermore when Scout makes the quote about how Tom is ”just a Negro,” she is says words that would offend someone and are hurtful. Skeeter never offends anyone with her words and actions through her reactions to racism. This is a major difference between Scout and Skeeters moral beliefs and reactions. Looking at these stories you can see how discrimination still exists even within the time gap between these stories. It can be seen how the characters react to this discrimination. Throughout the stories both Scout and Skeeter do not stand up for what they know is right in response to discrimination. From both of these stories, one can learn that when you do not stand up for yourself change may not be made. Throughout the stories not much change is made though discrimination and it could have been if they shared their opinion with their friends and

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