Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1153 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
As humans, people often times let what others say determine how they view others. This type of bias can come from family members, or even town folks. To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is based on the 1930’s. In those times, white people were intolerant of others who were different from them. This theme of being unaccepting is evident in the book. The main character, Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill have to face much of the town’s biases and decide what type of people they will be. The biases posed tended to be accepted as a normality across all of the white people in Maycomb. Despite the town’s tendency to conform to those biases, Scout, Jem and Dill trusted their consciences to tell them right from wrong, and they do not feel the need to conform to these biases.
The white citizens of Maycomb viewed anybody who did not live the ideal white family life as living incorrectly. Atticus Finch, father of Scout and Jem, took a case where he defended a black man. The man that Atticus defended was named Tom Robinson. Tom was falsely convicted for raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Now, Tom was treated differently than he should have been treated because he was black. Due to this injustice, Tom Robinson’s case was not an easy one to view, especially for Dill. While Mr. Gilmer, Mayella’s lawyer, was interrogating Tom during the trial, he spoke with such hate that it made Dill sick to his stomach. He and Scout then went outside to breath in the shade of a…

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