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How the Black Community is Presented in ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’

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How the Black Community is Presented in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a book set in the 1930's, in Alabama during the depression where there was much racial tension in the southern parts of the USA. The black community is mostly poor and usually living in slum areas. The Finches, the main family in the book, have a black maid working for them named Calpurnia. She is treated fairly by them since they don't seem to be a racist family. In this household she is free to express her opinions and act as if there is no racial prejudice against her. She has a large part in bringing up the two children, Scout and Jem, and can be very harsh to them with the full approval of there father Atticus Finch. ...read more.


At on point in the book, chapter 12, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to a black church where it is described as being very dirty with rusty paint work, looking as if it was made cheaply and may have been vandalised a few times. The children are welcomed by most of the black people attending the service, which might showing how black people want the approval of white people when showing them how they aren't bitter towards white people because of their mistreatment. Tom Robinson is a black man who is accused of rape under poor evidence and seems to be a man not physically capable of committing such a crime, and is shown to be a non violent man who wouldn't do such a thing. ...read more.


At the trial, when Tom is questioned, he speaks in a very polite tone when he is spoken in a tone unlike that from the lawyer, Mr Gilmer. This tone would probably be used by most black people in his situation for they would be trying to avoid being thought of in any bad way what so ever because of the prejudice in the courts. In conclusion, the book shows that black people are treated very differently from white people, with less respect and prejudice towards them. They are presented as being very poor and tolerant to the their situation, not showing any racism back for they no they will suffer from any attitudes like this. Perhaps they act this way to try and show that they are equal and should receive such abuse. Adam Howie 10LM ...read more.

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