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In Harper Lees Novel racism is described through the eyes of a nine-year old girl Scout, which still has not been affected by the disease that is overcoming the town.

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English Essay "To Kill A Mockingbird" "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up is something I don't pretend to understand" 1 This is Maycomb's usual disease; the disease is prejudice, which includes racism sexism, difference in class, piety and other prejudiced opinions formed in the small county of Maycomb. In Harper Lee's Novel racism is described through the eyes of a nine-year old girl Scout, which still has not been affected by the disease that is overcoming the town. This disease is being semi-con fronted through the bravery of and honesty of very few people in the in Maycomb. These confrontations are not very successful due to the cowardliness of the people to stand up and say what they believe in. the people of Maycomb have grown with such prejudiced beliefs and are not willing to change or accept any other opinion. In my essay I am going to write about the very few people who are willing to change and fight this disease, the people I am going to write about are, Judge Taylor, the sympathetic art of the Cunningham family, Dolphus Raymond's dishonesty, and finally Atticus's bravery in confronting the disease. ...read more.

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"I'll tell him you said hey, little lady," "Let's clear out... let's get going boys"3 Mr. Cunningham was in a groups (mob) and so, his emotions and thoughts have changed but when Scout talked to him she brought him to his senses and made him an individual, she had made him an individual and had made him think for himself rather than thinking like the group, while in groups mobs are usually mindless, they cant think on their own. Another character in the novel is Dolphus Raymond, a white male who is not prejudice; he has a black mistress and also has mixed children from her. "You mean all you drink in that sack's Coca-Cola?" 4 Dolphus Raymond is not brave enough to stand up and say his opinion so his way of overcoming Maycomb's disease is by pretending drunk, for Maycomb it was wrong to be with the blacks, so you had to have an excuse for being with them. "Things haven't caught up with one's instinct. Let him get a little older, and he wont get sick and cry" 5 This quotation emphasizes on Maycomb's disease, the children aren't yet affected by it, ...read more.

Conclusion

During the trial of Tom Robinson, Atticus tried his best to fight for the truth even thought he knew he was fighting a loosing battle. He has gave the defense his best effort to make the people stand in Tom's shoes and know how much he is suffering from the injustice he is facing. In her novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird', Harper Lees has brought up the idea of racism as a disease which has overcome a county, Racism is a key theme in her novel she has shown us lots of examples on racism and prejudice and she has connected the events with the characters well, the main character in her story who had dome the most of the confrontation is Atticus, who is an understanding parent, who is brave enough to confront the disease, and is intelligent enough to deal with the prejudiced white masses in Maycomb County. 1 To Kill A Mockingbird, Page 94 2 Page 222 3 Page 160 4 Page 206 5 Page 207 6 Page 80 7 Page 108 8 Page 35 ...read more.

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