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Show To What Extent You Agree That Racial Prejudice Is Lessening In Maycomb

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Introduction

Show To What Extent You Agree That Racial Prejudice Is Lessening In Maycomb We see as the novel progresses, a change in Maycomb?s attitude towards the black community. Although there are still people such as the Maycomb Missionary Society who refuse to let go of their narrow-minded judgements, it appears that racial prejudice is lessening because people like Atticus are prepared to stand up for negroes. The mob incident is a display of racial prejudice but at the same time gives the reader a little optimism. The mob had a ?blind spot? which prevented them from seeing the recklessness of their actions. They were fuelled by such strong racial prejudice that they were intent on taking the law into their own hands and seizing Tom Robinson. It took Atticus? courage and Scout?s naivety to defuse the situation which shows that even racist people have a heart, no matter how cold, and if someone makes a stand they can make a difference. Racial prejudice is appallingly apparent in the courtroom. Both Ewells look down on Tom, Mayella thinks he is ?the dirt beneath her feet?; Mr Ewell uses derogatory language such as ?nigger nest.? They do this as they know they are ...read more.

Middle

In the beginning Alexandra was a domineering figure who insisted voicing her racist views and unapologetically making her ?preoccupation with hereditary? quite clear, as well making no effort to hide her disapproval of Calpurnia?s relationship with the children. She attempted, in vain, to have Cal sacked, because in her eyes they ?don?t need her anymore.? However, later her attitude towards Cal softens, which we see when she allows Cal to make refreshments for the Missionary Society. This means Alexandra has grown to accept Cal and understand that even if she is black, it doesn?t mean that she isn?t a good role model and mother figure for the children. The Missionary Society shows that maybe racial prejudice isn?t in decline. They talk about the ?squalid lives of the Mrunas? and express their pity for them by doing their upmost to help. This is ironic because they are so blinded by prejudice that they can?t see that their Negro neighbours are just as much in need of their help. They show hypocrisy in that they claim to be Christian but don?t actually put their morals into practise in their own town. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is an unusual mixture of characteristics which give hope that other racist people in Maycomb can look past their prejudices and recognise the unfair way black people are treated. Dolphus Raymond is representative of how Maycomb?s racist attitude remains fully intact. He?s shunned by the white community because he has gone against the norm and married a black woman. He tells to Scout and Dill why he pretends to be a drunkard, explaining ?it helps folk if they can latch onto a reason? because people are so illogical that they can?t understand the real reason: that he chose to live the way he does because he wants to. His ?perpetrated fraud? makes it easier for Maycomb to cope with the fact that he has broken an old taboo. Harperlee hints that people believe that if a white person loves a black person they have to have an excuse for it. I think racial prejudice is, slowly but surely, beginning to lessen in Maycomb. Atticus did such a good job at the trial that he caused many people to reflect on the situation. Aunt Alexandra represents this, she shows how a racist person can change and empathise and evidence suggests that Maycomb can change for the better in the same way. ...read more.

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