Racism And Social Discrimination By Harper Lee Essay

1262 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
Disrespecting Elders is wrong
Some might read this story and think that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird novel is about racism and social discrimination, yet it also relates to how children interact with adults. The novel, based on events during the 1930s, tells the story of the lives of Scout and her brother, Jem, children growing up in Maycomb, Alabama. Along with Dill who visits during the summer time, the children become fascinated with the idea of getting to know Boo Radley, their secluded and unseen neighbor. Meanwhile, their attorney father, Atticus Finch, has decided to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a local white woman, Mayella Ewell, who was actually raped continuously by her own father, Bob Ewell. The children get caught up in the trial, in which Tom is convicted and eventually killed trying to escape from prison. Jem and Scout become the targets of Bob Ewell, the father of Mayella, who tries to kill them one Halloween night on their way home from school, but Boo Radley comes out finally and saves them, killing Bob Ewell in the process.
This book can serve as a lesson to prevent children from disrespecting their elders. Children disrespecting their elders is wrong. It is a story of how children learn more about the various kinds of discrimination that exist in Maycomb. Rumors are spread, by the children and other characters in the novel, which categorize Boo Radley a secluded man that no one sees. Boo Radley 's cruel parents robbed…

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