Portrayal Of The Dominant Class On Inferior Communities By Harper Lee

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Characters in Modern Literature portray certain themes in a text’s production. The “Other” in literature, is a significant character that portrays the evident societal views during the era and the effects of the dominant class on inferior communities. Harper Lee, a classic novelist, had constructed her successful novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” to render characters’ motives, particularly Tom Robinson, into positioning the audience to feel remorse in racial prejudice and segregation. The Other specifically depicts perspectives of oppression in the African American community during the time, accusations of society on racial indifferences, and the persecution of African American people, prevalent in American history. It will be discussed how Tom Robinson had lasting significance throughout the novel, and furthermore to Lee’s mass audience.

Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” had effectively portrayed the theme of oppression in the African American community, through her construction of Tom Robinson. Lee had created significance in his character, to attain a correlation with the Civil Rights Movement at the time, transgressing empowerment to her novels’ audiences. In Lee’s novel, Tom Robinson becomes the fundamental “mockingbird” of the title, where he faces the irrationality of society and the underlying inequality of both races, as an African American man. After being falsely accused of rape by Mayella Ewell, a white woman, he is challenged with the prejudice of white society and…

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