Racism In Maycomb Essay

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" takes place in the 1930's, in a small Alabama town called Maycomb. The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch (known as Scout). Scout lives with her father and her brother Jeremy Finch (known as Jem). Scout is having to grow up with the same racism that effects her father's, Atticus Finch, lawsuit. The reason for the despicable attitude towards the Finchs' is that Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a black person. Tom was charged with raping a poor white girl whose family Atticus thinks is less than trustworthy. The town's racism portrayed in the trial changes the Finch family.Scout was raised by her father, ...view middle of the document...

Atticus assures her that he does, and that it is the right thing to do. Atticus' fight for justice causes more problems for Scout. She always defends Atticus but the racist comments do not stop. Scout defends her father when her cousin Francais refers to Atticus with the statement "He's nothin' but a nigger-lover." After Scout beats up Francais, Atticus is disappointed at Scout's retaliation.At Tom Robinson's trial Scout steps outside of the court room and talks with Dolophus Raymond, a white man. Dolophus is thought of as a sinful man because he has mixed race children and lives in the neighboring black community. Dolophus pretends to be drunk, so the townspeople didn't think that he purposely lived a shameful life by his close relationship with black people. He tells Scout why he lives the way he does, because he feels that she is innocent enough to understand his reasoning.Racism changed the lives of the characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird". The Finches, are persecuted because Atticus is defending a black man in court. Racism is bullying and discriminative towards someone who is percieved as different. Racism is life changing and makes some people outcasts, for example Dolphus Raymond. Racism is main theme of this story and that justice can't always defeat racism. Even though Atticus lost the trial and racism in the community appeared to prevail. However, the efforts of the Finchs' seemed to have made a positive impact on racism because the townspeople felt guilty about the verdict, and when Tom was killed trying to escape.

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