Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks" (Lee). In the fictional novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee explains racism in the eyes of a young girl and how racism has affected society. This takes place in the 1900s in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb County. In chapter 7 when the knot-hole in the tree gets filled up, Jem learns from Mr. Nathan Radley’s excuse of the tree dying that people can manipulate the way they think. During the talk between Jem and Mr. Radley, Jem realizes the truth about Mr. Radley and perceives that people can influence the way others think. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem wants to get to the bottom of the tree so he stops Mr. Radley and says “Mr. Radley, ah-did you put cement in that hole …show more content…
Radley’s reason for doing so, he notices that people can be conniving when speaking to others. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout start to head to school, “Next morning on the way to school [Jem] ran ahead of me and stopped at the tree” (83). The setting for Jem is very important because he realizes what Mr. Radley is like and what he is capable of doing. He knows that Mr. Radley did this and he just feels awful after he lied just like that. In addition, in the novel, Jem wanted to get to the bottom of the concrete in the tree so, “When we went home for dinner Jem bolted his food, ran to the porch and stood on the steps”(83). Jem wanted to know what was going on about the tree but possibly had an idea. When the day passed, Jem was eager to talk to Mr. Radley, but he didn’t pass. Being at the tree by the Radley house make Jem think about controlling someone and how Mr. Radley responds about …show more content…
Radley, Jem figured out that people are manipulative. IN the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem went to the tree in to morning to find something terrible, “Jem was facing me when he looked up, and I saw him go stark white… someone had filled our knot-hole with cement” (83). Realizing the knot-hole gets filled he understands that humans have the power to control the way someone believes. The knot-hole being filled up hits Jem like a truck, especially when he didn’t have the chance to deliver the letter. “When we passed our tree [Jem] gave it a meditative pat on its cement and remained deep in thought” (83). Jem finally understood why Mr. Radley plugged up the hole and finally gave up on the hole. Once he found out why he plugged the hole, he started crying because he realized that Boo Radley had been sending the presents. In the end, Jem finally knows why the knot-hole is filled up, but doesn’t accept it as

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