To Kill A Mockingbird Ignorance

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Children are born into and will grow up in a racist and ignorant world. No matter how hard you try to keep them away from it with your words and protection, it is a disease, and everyone catches it at some point. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a widower named Atticus Finch with his two children Scout and Jem, are in the prime time of segregation, the 1930’s. Atticus is a very serious lawyer that is presented with an intense rape case. Scout and Jem are tasked with the process of growing up. The most important messages in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, are growing up, individual Vs society, and the dangers of ignorance. Growing up is one of the hardest things in anyone's life. Losing that childhood joy, carelessness, …show more content…
Dolphus Raymond is the town drunk, or so it seems. Raymond is a person who doesn’t believe in the idea of segregation and has children with his colored wife. “It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live” (Lee 204). Dolphus Raymond renounces his own white culture to be part of his own little family. He acts drunk to seem like he doesn’t understand what he’s doing. With this “advantage,” people believe that he’s a horrible person and that people should stay away from him. He’s seen as a person that shouldn’t touched. He’s seen as evil in the eyes of children and is seen as a horrid example. He does it all for his love, however, he does everything he can for his family, which he should be applauded for. Another person that is excluded from society is Bob Ewell. Bob Ewell is the poorest man in all of Maycomb County. He lives with eight children that's basically a trash heap. Scout stated, “Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day’s work in his recollection” (Lee 30). In Maycomb County, The Ewells are the sort of zit coming out of the town, one that Atticus says that should’ve been popped a long time ago. Zits are some of …show more content…
They’re pushed with the idea of growing up and understanding concepts. They’re shown people that fight for what they want, being good or bad. They’re taught racism and ignorance, but are told to ignore it by their top notch father who fights for the truth. Ignorance and racism are diseases, no matter how hard we try to push them out, we all catch it at some

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