Honors English 9
December 6th, 2010
The Power to Change
One person can change the society you live in by expressing their own opinions, ideas, and beliefs. During the Great Depression, there was widespread hardship and largely segregated communities. However, some people had the power to change society which is explained by Harper Lee, through the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. She tells how one person can change society overtime by expressing their ideas, and influencing others by using the amount of power given to them by their social rights, which can be dependent on race, education, age, and many more factors within their community.
In the novel, there is one character who changes Maycomb’s society in an interesting way. His name is Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus Raymond, a seemingly drunken man, had a relationship with a colored woman and eventually had children. The outcome of this one man’s relationship was “mixed children” (Lee 161). Because of one person’s relationship, a new kind of race was created and influenced upon the community of Maycomb. These children were “real sad”, and “they [didn’t] belong anywhere” (161). Since they were half white, and half black, “colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white; [and] white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored” (161). Dolphus Raymond has changed the world physically and almost in a bad way, because these children aren’t wanted by any race. But Dolphus thought it was fine to have children, regardless of their race. By giving us this example, Harper Lee is telling how society can be changed negatively by one person by following what he thinks is right.
Even one little eight year old child can have the power to change people’s minds. Once in the novel, there was a mob trying to lynch Tom Robinson, and lynching was very powerful, and difficult to stop because this was a belief of everyone’s in the mob. However “an eight year old child” brought down...