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To kill a Mockingbird; Racism

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madison evans

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Transcript of To kill a Mockingbird; Racism

The Theme of Racism:
Racism is the belief that all members of each race posses characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
To Kill a Mockingbird
: The Theme of Racism

First quote from
To Kill a Mockingbird
"The sheriff hadn't the heart to put him in jail alongside negroes, so Boo was locked in the courthouse" (Lee 14).
Explanation: Although Boo was guilty for breaking the law, he had special treatment because of his race. If he was black, he would have been put in jail.
Second Example in
Aunt Alexandra did not want Cal to work for her family. She represents the typical white southern women, thinking she is more superior than others. (Lee 181).
Second Quote from
To Kill a Mockingbird
"Cal's not leaving this house until she wants to Alexandra" (Lee 182).
Explanation: Aunt Alexandra moved in. She believed that a black woman should not be teaching "her kids". She did not believe that a black woman could do better than her, a white woman.
Third example in
The older generation in Maycomb believed that the African Americans were worthless and that a white person should not help them. (Lee 110).
First Example In TKAM:
To begin, white men were the authority figures in Maycomb county. They favored white opinion and believed whites were always innocent. (Lee 282). No matter how innocent an African American seemed, they were still proven guilty.
Third quote in
To Kill a Mockingbird
" Scout Finches daddy defends n* (black people), I denied it but told Jem" (Lee 99).
Explanation: Many of the older folks in Maycomb disliked the African Americans very strongly. This opinion was rubbing off on the younger generations now as well.
Fourth Example in
Atticus defends Tom, a black man in court. This is going against many of the white people's thoughts and morals in Maycomb. They believe defending a black man is wrong. (Lee 110).
Fourth Quote in
To Kill a Mockingbird
" Atticus says cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man" (Lee 269).
Explanation: Some people, like Atticus, went against racism. He believed everyone should be treated fairly. This caused many problems in Maycomb, because most whites did not think this way.
The Help
The theme of Racism is also portrayed in the book,
The Help
. It takes place in another southern town, with southern beliefs. All of the colored women are maids, and take care of every little thing around the house. The white women they take care or treat the colored women terribly. The white women feel superior to the African Americans.
The Jungle Book
When researching, we came along
The Jungle Book
. It is about a boy growing up with animals. In the movie, Disney portrays the African American people as monkeys, these monkeys also have a different accent then the "white animals". In earlier films, Disney portrays colored people as crows.
Works Cited
Lee, Harper.
To Kill a Mockingbird
. Philadelphia: Lippincott,1960. Print

Stockett, Kathryn.
The Help
. New York: Amy Einhrn. 2009. Print.

Wolfgang, Reithermen.
The Jungle Book
. Disney, 1967. Film.

Difference & Similarity Between the Movie and Book
The difference between
To Kill a Mockingbird
novel and the film is that in the film they did not show that Tom Robinson had a problem with his arm. They did this to make racism not as prominent in the film as much as they did in the book. They are similar because Atticus is still ridiculed for defending Tom who is an African American and many people disagreed.
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