How Is Racism Portrayed In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine the world where everyone with green eyes gave orders to everyone with brown eyes. The green-eyed people get all the good jobs, the good houses, the good schools, all the fair trials. The person who has brown eyes - well too bad. It is hard work, rudimentary education, and a house by the dump. The green-eyed people represent the white people in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the brown-eyed people represent the black people in this novel. Racism is portrayed many times in this novel because it was taken place in the 1930’s. Aunt Alexandra, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and the town’s people of Maycomb represent racism, which is shown many times in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Racism is portrayed many times throughout the novel especially during Tom Robinson’s case. Tom Robinson, an African-American, who was accused of raping Mayella Ewell; since Tom Robinson is black he loses the case. He is given a lawyer, Atticus Finch. Atticus is a white man who believes in equality. Atticus tries his best to prove that Tom Robinson is not guilty. Unfortunately, without hearing Tom’s testimony he is found guilty, because of his skin color. After the trial, Mr. Underwood says,
“Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no
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It is mostly shown through the characters; Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, and Aunt Alexandra because they all think white people are more superior than black people. Harper Lee tries to show that everyone should be treated equally no matter where they come from or what skin color they are because they did not get to choose that it is how they were born. To show that he uses the character, Atticus Finch. Atticus teaches his kids that being racist is one of the worst things in the