Essay Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

2600 Words Mar 18th, 2016 11 Pages
Hitler, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. are three people who are known worldwide for trying to change the world either for better or for worse. In these peoples’ lives, what common issue drove their motives and actions? Racism. Racism is what people often associate slaves, African Americans, and even common problems in today’s society (such as the riot “Black Lives Matter”) with. However, the argument can be made that racism was a much larger problem in the 1930s, which is when the events of To Kill a Mockingbird took place. In her book, Harper Lee incorporated real-life occurrences into the plot. With these events, connections can be made to the Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the issue of racism in the time period of the 1930s.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the first references to historical events is the Jim Crow laws. Through this system of unfair laws, whites proved how superior they were to the blacks. Whites believed that these laws were needed to show that the races are not socially equal and because they truly believed that the blacks were dangerous and needed to be strictly controlled (Pilgrim). Examples of these laws include “Blacks were not allowed to show public affection toward one another… because it offended Whites” and “a Black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a White male because it implied being socially equal. Obviously, a Black male could not offer his hand… to a White woman, because he risked being accused of…

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