Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a fictional book set in the small segregated town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1930’s. Narrated by young girl named Scout Finch who is growing up with her older brother Jem and friend Dill. Scout explores with little understanding the concept of racism through the town gossip, and her own first hand experiences. She begins learning more about her father Atticus Finch, an attorney who strives to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson, a coloured man, unjustly accused of raping a white woman (Mayella Ewell). Scout, Jem and Dill are also fascinated with the mysterious neighbor who hasn't been seen out of his house in years, Arthur Radley/ Boo Radley. Throughout this novel, Atticus struggles to teach Scout …show more content…
Caroline (Scout’s teacher) is angry with Scout because she discovers Scout is literate and feels Scout is not taught correctly how to read by her dad. Scout goes home angry at Ms. Caroline, and explains her day to her father. Scout says, “Atticus said I had learned many things today…but if I had put [myself] in [Scout’s teacher’s] shoes [I'd have seen it was an honest mistake on her part” (p. 33). Here Scout realizes that when she looks at things from another’s perspective, people gain a greater understanding of another’s actions. Her realization is brought about by Atticus’ discussion with her regarding Ms. Caroline. Despite the early introduction to this lesson, Scout doesn’t fully understand it, or at least learned it yet. This idea that Atticus presents is a core concept of perspective in the novel and gives the plot legs to stand on. It is the basis for Atticus’s morals and legal strategies. Later in the novel, Atticus reminds Scout and Jem that you can’t fully understand a person, “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (p. 33). By that he means to to look at things from someone else's point of view which is important for Scout to know to help her cope with enormous controversy and adversity. If Scout had applied that lesson to multiple events in the novel, then she would have an easier time dealing with …show more content…
Jem’s arm is badly broken in the incident, but an unidentified person steps into the scuffle, stabbing Mr. Ewell with his own knife, and carrying Jem home. Scout follows, and though at first she assumes the mysterious stranger is someone from the country who was passing by, she discovers that it was really Boo Radley. She experiences the rest of the evening in kind of a dream—she sits with Boo, her father, and the sheriff on the porch as the latter two discuss the night’s events, shows Boo Jem’s room so he can say goodnight to the boy whose life he saved, and walks with him on his way home. After Boo goes inside, Scout stands on his porch for a few minutes, looking around at the dark neighborhood. She sees the events of the past few years from Bob's perspective, watching as her history plays itself before her from what it must have looked like from the Radley front window.“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was

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