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To Kill A Mocking Bird

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Introduction

How is Atticus shooting the mad dog "Significant"!? Atticus is a well respected and a loyal citizen for his community in Maycomb which is not to forget a fictional town. Atticus shot the dog because it was diseased with rabies. Maycomb is also diseased with hatred, racial discrimination and injustice towards black people. People in Maycomb pass their disease onto their children like for example "Jem and Scout", but Atticus stood up to them starting by fighting Tom Robinson's Case (Black Man). As he was protecting his children and struggling to combat racism by fighting Tom Robinson's case he temporarily experienced a life black people carry. As I will explicate this with much better explanation and complete my essay with full detail. You'll understand who this is indicated towards and how I've supposed this fact. "To Kill a Mocking Bird" was published 1960, just four years after the start of The American Civil Rights Movement. Many people found the book shocking, as it was written by a white woman who was openly opposed to the way black people were treated. The book is primarily about the way we treat those who are different to us, not only in race but in lifestyle, such as Boo Radley and Mr Dolphus Raymond, who are considered outcasts because they choose to live their lives differently. ...read more.

Middle

This explains what their view towards Tom Robinson and the black community in Maycomb is. White people In Maycomb believe that no matter how religious, respectful, honest and polite the black people are, in the long run they always turn out to let themselves down by committing crimes like the one Tom Robinson was blamed for and why the white people in Maycomb once again had a reason to point their finger at Black people. Throughout the book there are subtle references made to racism that are not questioned, showing that in Maycomb it is part of everyday life. An example of this is education; in Cal's church only a handful of people are literate showing that they had very little access to education. The author cleverly uses the children's visit to the church as an insight into how the black community regards the white community. When they arrive some people greet them respectfully and others greet them with hostility. This shows the hatred that some of black people have for the white people and how they feel they are treated unfairly. This hatred stems from the disrespect with which they are treated; they are given jobs that no one else wants, such as garbage collectors; they are expected to stand for white people to sit, ...read more.

Conclusion

Although throughout the novel Lee criticises racism, it is not all hopeless as there are some characters, such as Miss Maudie and Atticus, who "when they look at a black person, think there but for the grace of God, am I". After Tom's trial Scout and Jem both think no one opposes the verdict, however throughout the novel they discover more people who do, such as Judge Taylor who purposefully gave Atticus the case, and Aunt Alexandra who is upset by Tom's death. It is obvious that Lee's intention for this book was to change the racist ideas she discusses. I think she achieved this because it is difficult, as a reader not to look at how one treats others and question ones own morality. Although it was clearly relevant to the changing society of the 1960's, it is still relevant today because, however much we try to deny it society will always be unfairly prejudiced against a particular group of people. The novel also makes the reader question how we teach children to treat others and pass our prejudices onto the next generation. I think that "To Kill a Mockingbird" has changed and will continue change the way we look at other people, for the better and therefore I consider it a timeless classic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Haider Ali 10N ...read more.

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