Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Differentiation hides within people caused by racism. Quote by Pierre Berton states “Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” This quote also relates to the book, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee when Atticus Finch mentions it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. His comparison is Boo Radley and Tom Robinson because they are not as open as the other character and it was wrong to judge them based on other people 's opinion. Narrator Scout Finch and her older brother Jem live in Southern Maycomb, Alabama, through the suffering of the Great Depression in 1930. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, is defending Tom Robinson in a trial of rape exposing Mayella …show more content…
In To Kill a Mockingbird racism represents itself in the town of Maycomb and shows it clearly by the characters. The citizens of Maycomb have some hatred against the Finches mostly because Mr. Finch was appointed to defend Tom Robinson. Jem and Scout are being teased by their peers at school because of their father, but the essential problem is the parents of those children making the situation massive as if it 's a crime. Atticus knows most of the citizens of Maycomb don’t support his decision to help Tom Robinson, but he says "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win." Lee 100 The purpose of Atticus’s quote is to be courageous and downgrade any negative feedback. Helen Robinson, Tom’s wife, is still dealing with the fact that her husband is being sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit. Tom Robinson shows prejudice through his skin color and cites solicitude from the readers as we learn he is accused of rape by Mayella Ewell. But he doesn’t let the racism conclude his right …show more content…
Dolphus Raymond is a wealthy white man, but prefers to be associated with black women. He represents the effects of racism by creating a hypocrisy in the white society. Dolphus drinks from a brown paper bag and pretends to be drunk so he can live the way he wants since he wife is black. Dolphus Raymond feels no shame for his living style that he says “Some folks don 't - like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with 'em. I don 't care if they don 't like it. I do say I don 't care if they don 't like it, right enough - but i don 't say the hell with 'em, see?" Lee 221 This just explains how upset Mr. Raymond is feeling different within the other citizens because he married a black woman and had mulatto children. As Dolphus Raymond struggles to send the real message of his life, he just has to cope with the pessimistic feedback of the city of

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