To Kill A Mockingbird Mob Mentality Analysis

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Albert Einstein, academic genius and incredibly influential person once said, “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” There are often times when someone knows an action is wrong, but instead chooses to go with the group and could’ve stopped the criminality, but didn’t. This is a form of mob mentality. Mob mentality is how a person’s mind works when they are part of a large group. When someone joins other people, they adapt the ideas of everyone else, and get a sense of deindividualization. Their conscience disappears, and they tend to do things that they wouldn’t normally do if they were alone; they also don’t stop an occurrence that they know is morally wrong. This …show more content…
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, mob mentality becomes a problem where a group of men are ready to kill another man mainly because of the color of his skin. When this scene unfolds, the author writes “ ‘It do,’ another deep voice said. It’s owner was a shadow” (Lee 202). When Lee labels the mob member as a shadow, it proves how dehumanization affects regular people and their actions. This can reflect how physically he looked blank and dark, but also how he’s been clouded over mentally. Similarly, dehumanization also played an immense part in the Lynchings in Duluth. On the night of June 15, 1920, three black men were lynched by a mob and without a fair trial in Duluth, Minnesota. This came about when a white woman claimed, with no proven evidence, that she had been raped by six black circus workers. Thirteen circus workers were taken into custody, and by that night a mob of 5,000 to 10,000 people broke into the jail and dragged Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton from the jail, later beating and killing them by publicly hanging them from a lamp post. A researcher states this about the event, “Afterward, only 18 attackers [mob members] were charged and only two convicted for ‘rioting’ and ‘inciting to riot’” (“Duluth’s Shameful” n.pag.). This does not justify their actions, but it can partially explain them. These people truly believed in this racism, and only did not act on it because there were always consequences. When in a mob, these repercussions disappear. They can do what they want without the punishment or the guilt weighing down on them. However, this is not the case for all mob mentality incidents. Sometimes, the outcome is harsh. An

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