Everyone, as much as they do not want to admit it, has thought prejudice comments about someone else. Likewise, everybody has had the immature thought that someone is going to do a certain thing based on their skin complexion. The history of man is severely tainted and splashed with the racist actions that are once preconceived thoughts. The great barrier of white people and black people is very evident in history. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by the author Harper Lee, the theme of prejudice between the white and the black people is evident. This novel takes place in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s. This story is told in the first person and is narrated by Jean Louise Finch (Scout), who is a little girl protagonist. Maycomb is a very uneventful town that is filled with racist white people who discriminate against the black people or people who associate with the opposite race. However, sometimes the black people do discriminate against a white person. As the story progresses, many events occur, like a trial against a black man, that are extremely racist. Using many actions of different characters, Lee illustrates the prejudice between the white and black people in this novel. One way Lee establishes the prejudice between the black and white people in this novel is by the actions of some African American citizens in the novel. Many characters in this narrative show distaste for the other race like the character Lula. Lula is a bitter black woman who is a part of the black church in Maycomb called “First Purchase”. In the novel, Calpurnia, Scout’s help in the house and her mother figure, brings Scout and her older brother Jem who are of white complexion to the black church in town. Immediately, this sparks a probably with Lula. Lula opens her mouth and begins to badmouth the children despite their innocence and her lack of knowledge of who they are: “I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillum to nigger church… You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here—they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church ain’t it, Miss Cal?” (Lee 135-136). These comments by Lula show how some of the black-pigmented folk in Maycomb think all white people do not like them. Because of the way black people are treated in the novel, Lula has a prejudice opinion that Scout and Jem think themselves more highly than her. It is evident that Lula does not like white folks when Zeebo, the garbage collector, tries to explain to the children why Lula acted that way: “Don’t pay no ‘tention to Lula…She’s a troublemaker from way back, got fancy ideas an’ haughty ways” (Lee 136). The only need for Zeebo to say that about Lula is to try to make the children feel comfortable and to ensure them that they are not being judge at the black church where they are not necessarily accepted. This puts the children on the other end of racism where they feel how it is to be the victim of racist acts. This is shown when Jem starts to feel uncomfortable: “Let’s go home, Cal, they don’t want us here” (Lee 136). This shows how many black people have very prejudice opinions about how they think white people think of them. Another action that demonstrates prejudice in the novel is the way Calpurnia has to speak differently in front of her black community. The only reason a person is obligated to speak differently is when they need to fit in. Calpurnia know that if she does not speak “nigger talk”, which refers to the black people’s way of speaking, her fellow peers will condemn her. Coming from Calpurnia’s people that is a huge insult because they are labeling her as white. Just like how the white folks condemn white people who hang around black folk, Calpurnia would be condemn by the African-American people for being with the Caucasian people. When she is explaining to the children why she spoke like that, it is evident that she would not be accepted if she did otherwise: “It’s right hard to say… Suppose you and Scout talked
December 1, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
The Dictionary defines prejudice as, “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” There has been prejudice known throughout history, mostly against the blacks during and before the time of Martin Luther King Jr. In The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there is clear evidence of prejudice against the blacks. In…
To Kill A Mockingbird
Imagine a world without empathy. Everyone wouldn't know how to share feeling. Without knowing that much of the world would be boring and no fun. Empathy is the ability of showing feeling towards someone else. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, even though Atticus lost the Tom Robinson case, the book shows empathy can lead to a better world for everyone by not judging a book by its cover, standing up for what's right even though it may not be right to others, and listening…
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
Perspective is something all human beings have, however the ability to understand and empathise another perspective is another matter .In the award winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee implies that the lesson of empathy is the foundation for an individual to properly develop as a well rounded person. She expresses this point of view from 3 of the main characters in the book; Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, Arthur “Boo” Radley and Atticus Finch…
To Kill a Mockingbird Practice Essay
How does Harper Lee convey the difficulties in overcoming prejudice in her novel?
Harper Lee wrote the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird during the 1930s, a time of immense racial and class prejudice towards coloured people. Throughout the novel Harper Lee demonstrates many difficulties that coloured and white people had to overcome when confronted with prejudice. Another prejudice explored by the novel is that against those who simply do not conform to society’s…
through the novel innocence is experienced. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, symbolism plays an important role. There is one symbol that Harper Lee incorporated into the novel and that helps develop ideas by Scout and Jem; a mockingbird. In my life I have gone through many situations where I have been innocent and it has moved on to experience. Multiple characters in this novel are innocent but their innocence is destroyed by evil. The mockingbird is the symbolism of the innocence in this case…
May 10, 2014
The Conflict of Human Inequality
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, human inequality is a major problem that is constantly disregarded by the people of Maycomb County, Alabama. This conflict is mainly portrayed through racism and social structure. Mayella Ewell and Tom Robinson are two characters that experience inequality throughout the novel.
Mayella Ewell experiences social inequality in Maycomb County. She is a white girl who lives with her…
English, Hour 1
March 9, 2015
Throughout the story of
To Kill a Mockingbird
, Scout speaks quite highly, while
sometimes lowly, of her brother, Jem. She’s always looking up to him for one reason or another,
and is constantly interested in what he is doing, wanting to stick by him at all times and joining
him on his life journeys taking them both up and down. Although Scout explains her own
thoughts on the events taking place, they could also be her opinion on anothers story…
Every person must become an adult at some point in their life. They will have to transition from a child into a respectable adult. People aren’t just made into adults; they have to mature into adults. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, brother and sister Jem and Scout Finch have to mature very quickly, especially in a world where racism is normal and everywhere. Jem and Scout have to learn right from wrong, often when it is unclear.
In such a biased world, even Atticus feared his children would…
Social 9 Chapter 1 Review
Use your notes and texts to review the following items and respond to them.
1. Match each of the following responsibilities of government with the body in the Canadian government which carries out those duties.
A) Legislative I) The Court System
B) Executive II) Parliament
C) Judicial III) The Cabinet
2. Explain the role of A), B), and C) above.
A) The Legislative role is to makes law
B) The Executive…
Compare and Contrast Essay
of To Kill a Mockingbird and “A Time to Kill”
In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch, loses sense of innocence when she realizes or figures out how prejudiced and hypocritical society can be. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer defending a black man named Tom Robinson, which is accused of the rape of a white woman. Because of her father defending a black man, Scout has trouble in school. In “A Time to Kill”, Jake Brigance defends a black man named Carl…