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Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Keenan Vanderkooi

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird Explanation Of Theme In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, racism is a major theme and is relevent between blacks and whites throughout the novel. Racism is defined as "prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief." This is an ongoing problem to both the reader and the story, as many instances or incidents are shown that support this theme. Incidents Of Racism In TKAM An obvious instance of racism in the novel can be seen in the house keeper, Calpurnia. As the Finchs are white while Calpurnia is black, this shows how blacks were in a low class of society. As Scout and Jem visited her all coloured church, this also represents how blacks and whites were not seen together in public places. Lastly, Aunt Alexandria prohibited Scout from visiting Calpurnia's home, showing racism and proving that blacks were not to be mixed with whites. skadjlaskdjf Incidents Of Racism In TKAM A second instance of racism in the novel is Mr. Dolphus Raymond; a white man who married a black woman. In the time of the novel, public drinking was required to have a paper bag covering the drink. Dolphus Raymond carries with him Coca-Cola in a paper bag, making citizens believe he was an alcoholic. Although he is not, Raymond tells Scout and Dill he does this for an excuse to society. This way, he believes, is an excuse to show why he married a coloured woman. This is a racism incident as it once again shows how whites were ashamed of the black race. Incidents Of Racism In TKAM Incidents Of Racism In TKAM The final, most known and shown instance of racism is the trial of Tom Robinson, a court issue of an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman. As the trial clearly showed Tom innocent, the jury still decided on a verdict that made him guilty. This decision was purely out of racism, as agreeing with a black was against community rules. Quotes Of Racism In TKAM She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards."
(pg 204) Quotes Of Racism In TKAM Quotes Of Racism In TKAM “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life” (pg 252) Quotes Of Racism In TKAM “Your fathers no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (pg 117)
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