To Kill a Mockingbird

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In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" the theme is discrimination. Harper Lee shows discrimination not just between two races, but between people just because of their reputation. She displays that discriminating people no matter what is not right, because you don't know what kind of person they are; you are judging them by the things you hear and the color of their skin. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, author Harper Lee uses memorable characters to relate to the racism and discrimination of the 1930s. The setting of the story is set in the 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama. The most obvious form of discrimination in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is racism; however, there are other types of prejudice and discrimination that are shown in the relationships among the novel’s characters. Scout, for example, is ridiculed in "To Kill a Mockingbird" because she is a tomboy. Boo Radley is ostracized despite the fact that hardly anyone knows him. Tom Robinson a negro man who is accused by a white female of rape and is convicted by an all white jury. Reverse racism is also present in the novel, towards Atticus Finch and his family as he defends Tom Robinson. Scout and Jem were both discriminated against when they attended Calpurnia’s African American church. .. The narrator Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout, in Lee's novel” To Kill a Mockingbird”, is an innocent character. Scout is raised by her widowed father Atticus Finch, her brother Jem Finch and their black maid Calpurnia. Since she was raised primarily by Calpurnia and Atticus she sees many issues of racism. Scout possesses a wide range of traits, which goes under an extreme transformation, as she matures in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Scout has three main qualities of her personality. She displays curiosity, courage, and a love of reading throughout the novel. Scout's curiosity is revealed through questions she asks her father to understand what things mean in life. Although Scout’s personality defines who she is she throughout the novel she is constantly discriminated against because she is a tomboy, she is not the typical little girl. Her Aunt Alexandra constantly tries to break Scout’s tomboy image into a proper young lady of society. Sometimes her brother Jem criticizes her for "acting like a girl,"(Pg.45) other times he complains that she's not girlish enough. Many of the boys at school are intimidated by her physical strength, yet she is constantly reminded she must learn to handle herself in a ladylike way. On her first day of school Scout gets into a fight with Walter Cunningham rubbing his nose in the dirt at lunch time (Pg.25). Another example of Scout being discriminated was when she and Jem accompanied Calpurnia to her church. A friend of Calpurnia named Lula asked Calpurnia “I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to nigger church?”(Pg 135). Calpurnia stood up for Scout and Jem in that her church to Lula. The Reverend accepted both of the children into the church with open arms regardless of the color of the skin. Boo Radley (Arthur) is more quiet character. He hides inside of the safety of his house. Boo displays many different personality traits, such as innocence, strength, clever, being courageous and at times scary. Boo is innocent since he never leaves his house in Maycomb. Courageous is a trait Boo has for the fact that he knows if he would leave his house the town people would be all over him with curiosity about see what he truly looks like. Boo in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has many rumors that are spread about him from many different town fold. He is discriminated from the whole town due to his lack of being more open to his coming out of his house An example of the rumors spread bout Boo was that “he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows” (pg.9). “Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work” (pg.9). Miss Stephanie Crawford a woman in the town of Maycomb said “she woke up in the middle of the night one...
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