What Does Darkness Symbolize In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr., got the Civil Rights movement going.
To me this quote means a couple of things. Adding hate to hate only causes more hate. The only way you can cut through hate is with the opposite, love. When you add darkness to darkness all you get is darkness. The way to cut through darkness is with light. When you hate something the only way to solve your problem is to show it love. When something is in complete darkness, you have to show them light.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird white people hate black people, because they’re a different skin color and they have different beliefs and thoughts. Black people hate on white people also, because the white people think
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That’s what I don’t like about it.” (Lee 105)
These two white men don’t like that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson with all he’s got. They think Atticus shouldn’t really try to defend Tom, because black men don’t deserve to be defended well. Atticus thinks that everyone should have an equal chance in a trial. So he will try his best to defend Tom as much as he can.
“ Four Negroes rose and gave us their front-row seats,” Scout observed, “The Colored balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom like a second-story veranda, and from it we could see everything.” (Lee 164)

The black people gave up their front-row seats so Jem and Scout, who are white, could sit there. This tells you that black people know that they have to give up their seats to any white person who needs a seat or wants to sit there. The white people sit down below by the judge, but the black people sit up on the balcony. Not every black person gets a seat, so some of them have to stand. They separate the blacks from the whites so there riots won’t start.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, prejudice is shown in the community, in the school, and in the