To Kill A Mockingbird Discrimination Analysis

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Picture a small town where everyone just gossiped like high school girls.The gossip, however, would not just be about who was dating who; the gossip would be about discrimination. The discrimination was towards someone because their skin color or because they act strangely and never came outside. Maycomb, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi are both filled with this kind of gossip.The novel written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a story that takes place in the early 1930’s in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama. This story is told from the perspective of Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout, as a grown woman, looking back on her younger days. Scout lives with her father Atticus, brother Jem and her maid Calpurnia. The Finch family …show more content…
Scout, being a curious, young girl decides to find out herself if Boo is as strange as people say without even noticing she is ignoring the town rumors. On Halloween, Jem and Scout were walking home from the school play and Mr. Ewell attacks them. Scout walks Boo home after he saved Jem in the forest. After dropping him off on his porch, Scout thought to herself, “we never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (pg 278). This is Scout brushing off the discrimination of Boo by others. If she agreed with what she heard she never would have assisted him on the walk to his house. Scout, being so little, did not even realize she was beginning to care and feel bad for Boo, which shows that she fought against it but blindly. Prior …show more content…
Standing out, just like Scout did, by going against her towns’ words makes her beliefs and characteristics similar to Scout’s. Skeeter has an idea of what to do about the racial conflict in Jackson. “I want to write somethin’ for the help”(The Help.), Skeeter told Elaine Stein, future publisher of her book, during a phone conversation. ‘The help’ is what all of the maids are nicknamed, and Skeeter wanted to do something for them and give them a voice. This shows she is a bold and brave woman because all of Skeeter’s friends discriminate against their maids, but Skeeter is different from them and wants to help. In the past, the Phelan family had their own maid, Constantine. Skeeter finds out her mother fired her. “Constantine was the only woman I ever had to look up to”(The Help.), she cried to her mother. Skeeter cared and loved Constantine so much, and still stood up for her as a grown woman. Nobody else would do something so unordinary, nobody would talk about a black person in such a good

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way, but Skeeter was different and that made her courageous. Just like Scout, Skeeter was bold, but just in different ways,.
In To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, Skeeter and Scout went off on their own and did not follow the majority.Both demonstrated a main lesson, to be different from one's surroundings and stand up for what one believes in. Even though there was an age difference

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