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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

  • Submitted by: paigeanna0
  • on September 20, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 621 words

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What does racism mean to you?   In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee has many examples of racism throughout her book; since the setting of the book took place in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s, segregation was still occurring.   Everyone should be treated equally regardless their color, etc.   The narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird is Scout Finch; she is also the protagonist of the story.   Harper Lee uses the character Tom Robinson as character to use as an example to show how bad racism was back in the 1930’s. Tom Robinson was a black man accused of rape.
It was common for people to be racist and use racist slang words back then.   One example of racism Harper Lee uses is when Scout is talking to Francis and he called Atticus a “nigger-lover” (chapter: 9 page: 110) The reason being called a “nigger-lover” is racist because nigger was a racist way to refer to a black person back then.   During slavery people would, called black people niggers rather than black people and they did not treat them like white people because they were black.   Atticus was called a “nigger-lover” because when Scout asked Atticus if he defended niggers, (chapter: 9 page: 99) Atticus said he does defend them. Atticus was mainly defending Tom Robinson. He was considered a “nigger-lover” because a “nigger-lover” is someone trying to give rights to an African American, but it was also a lawyer’s job to defend their clients equally regardless their race, religion, sex, etc.  
My viewing on racism has developed in the course of the narrative and the ways she tells the story. Mr. Dolphus Raymond talks to Scout and Dill during the court case. He is a bad man according to Maycomb. He has fathered mixed children and married a black woman. To cover up this felony he pretended to be a drunk so people understood why he choice to live his life the way he did: "Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do...

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