Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And The Help

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Killing Racism By Using Courage and Understanding Are indifference and fear major factors of racism, courage, and understanding? The novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the film The Help both illustrate how fear and indifference fuel racism while killing courage and understanding. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, an African-American man named Tom Robinson is put on trial for the rape of a 19 year old girl named Mayella Ewell. The narrator’s father is the lawyer for Tom, and during this time our narrator witnesses racism everywhere she turns. However, she also introduces us to a few people who have the integrity and courage to be understanding to all people; no matter their race. In The Help, a young woman named Skeeter is pursuing her writing career, but in doing so she also ends up pursuing an end to segregation. She meets some hard-working people, but because of their skin color they are denied the opportunities and the decent life that they deserve. To Kill a Mockingbird and The …show more content…
I put it behind me.” Charlotte Phelan said this to her daughter after firing the negro woman that raised her. This type indifference was fuel for racism in the 1930s. White citizens could frequently be found acting as if the way they treated the African- American portion of society didn’t matter because it didn’t affect them. Perhaps they were indifferent due their fear of change. “She knew full well the enormity of her offense, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it. She persisted, and her subsequent reaction is something that we have all known at one time or another. She did something every child has done— she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her. But in this case she was no child hiding a stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim, — of necessity she must put him away from her— he must be removed from her presence, from this world. She must destroy her offense.” (Lee