To Kill A Mockingbird Racism Analysis

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The Portrayal of Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird We all know the main theme of To Kill A Mockingbird is racism, but what makes this theme really hit home? Characters and plot are a major part of any story, and they’re part of the reason why this book’s theme has an affect on people. In chapter 28 of TKAM, harper lee uses her characters and plot to portray the hatred and racism in this area. Characters are there in a story for emotion and acting out a main theme. In chapter 20, Atticus tells the jury “Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, a phrase that the Yankees and the distaff side of the executive branch in Washington are fond of hurling at us…. We all know men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe…”. Atticus is telling what other people are afraid to say in society, they tell each other that all men are created equally and everyone gets a fair shot at life, but deep down, they all know …show more content…
In chapter 23, Atticus says “I wish Bob Ewell wouldn’t chew tobacco”. This was said after Bob Ewell spit on Atticus’s face and threatened his life. It shows the length and extreme hatred for anyone standing up for someone of color. Without plot, a book would be pointless, but without characters, it would be boring. They come together to make a great book with exciting events, great characters and emotion. These elements are also very essential to showing a common theme, in this case, racism. To Kill A Mockingbird, also has other themes in it such as ‘it’s a sin to kill something that hasn’t caused any harm to you’ told as “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’ and other themes like ‘get both people’s point of view before punishing someone. The main theme of this book was to show how cruel a little town in alabama can be to someone just because their skin is different. Harper Lee’s characters and plot does a very well job of portraying