In the 1930’s, people were judged mainly on their appearance. In the south, that caused people to be treated very unfairly. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows inequality in the way that Tom Robinson, an African-American man, gets accused of raping Mayella Ewell, so Atticus Finch has to defend Tom in court. Atticus realizes it will be nearly impossible to win this trial solely on the fact that Tom is an African American. This really shows how inequality splits up the town of Maycomb, mainly due to the racist aspect of Tom and Mayella.
Inequality means being treated different because of the fact that they are either different races or different genders. Towards the beginning of the book, Atticus explains how to understand