The Theme of Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, many minor themes are present such as gender and age. However, the largest and therefore major theme of the book is racism. All of the events and themes in the book had only one purpose, to support the theme of racism.
One of the most important events in the book was Tom Robinson’s trial, which was unfairly judged due to the fact that the jury could not see beyond the color of Tom’s skin. The put their own racist opinions ahead of what is right and just. One of the most important events in the novel circulated around racism. However, the most focused on point of Tom’s life was not the only point in his life where racism has been shown towards him. The Ewell’s are a major source of racism towards Tom.…show more content…
This was unlike how African-Americans would act during this time-period. They would have a specific way of speaking without proper grammar. This was shown by the attitude and behavior by the members in the church. During church, if Calpurnia had acted proper she would have been seen as acting like a Caucasian and seen as racist. To prevent this, she acted like everybody else.
Calpurnia’s son Zeebo is another example of racism. In everyday society, he is seen as just a low garbage man however, in church he is one of the most important figures as he is one of only four members of the church who can read. In addition, he leads the hymns since he can read. In the church, the method used for the hymns is the "repeat after me" method. Zeebo starts a line of the hymns and the line is the repeated by the rest of the church. Instead of just being a lowly garbage man, which is what the Caucasian population of Maycomb County, sees him, as he is a very important figure in the eyes of the African- American church members.
Although racism was commonly present in Maycomb County, many individuals were non-racist. One example of this was Atticus. Atticus was a prime example of non-racism in the novel. He was one of the few homeowners who appreciated his African-American housekeeper; he treated Calpurnia as a person and was humane to her. In most cases, the homeowner would be mean to her however, since Atticus was non-racist, he was kind to her. In addition, he even
The Mockingbird Theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
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This novel by Harper Lee has a seemingly curious title to a reader who looks at it in a literal way. Someone may argue that there are no mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird but I beg to differ. An actual mockingbird may not play a large role in this story however the idea and connotation of a mockingbird becomes evident throughout the story in many characters. This is a major theme in the story and is shown through the characters Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond, and Tom Robinson all connected in the fact that they are innocent good hearted people corrupted by the evil surrounding them.
Scout and Jem Finch are introduced to the novel as well as the small town of Maycomb. “There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no…show more content…
She also says that most of the rumors about him are false, but that if he wasn't crazy as a boy, he probably is by now. Boo even leaves chewing gum for Scout and Jem in an Oak tree outside his house. The children one day find an Indian head penny in the same tree. Boo’s father then puts cement in the knothole where the children played the type of leaving and finding game, preventing Boo with any outside contact at all. Boo, like a mockingbird, did nothing besides entertain, whose innocent fun was destroyed by his evil father. Boo continues his good-hearted deeds putting a blanket around Scout in a later chapter and even rescuing Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell an enemy of their father. In this act of courage Boo the childhood phantom of Maycomb then becomes Boo the human being, no longer shrouded by the evil rumors and away from his evil father.
Mr. Dolphus Raymond is a peculiar character who lives on the outskirts of Maycomb County with his black wife and mulatto children. In chapter 20 during the trial of Tom Robinson he sits with Scout and Dill.Mr Raymond offers him a drink in a paper bag. Dill drinks it and tells Scout that the drink isn't alcoholic it's only Coca-Cola. Mr. Raymond tells the children that he only pretends to be a drunk to provide the white people with an explanation for his lifestyle, when, in fact, he simply prefers black people to whites. This may seem an insufficient reason but that is however also the white people of Maycomb’s explanation as