A feather minded city Essay

t is extremely difficult for the government to make everyone happy. There have been many speeches and decisions to create equality like Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I have a dream speech”. States how no man should be judged on their appearance. There has been injustice in America since 1776, even though it has changed drastically there is still injustice in today's society. Harper Lee does a great job of displaying this. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that if opinions are based on only appearances and prejudices it prevents people from seeing the revival of people and situations and this shown through characterization and setting.

First of all, we see this through the courthouse scene, where the literary device Harper Lee uses is setting. Atticus points out to Jem about the case",” Tom Robinson's a colored man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world is going to say",’ We think you’re guilty, but not very on a charge like it was either a straight acquittal or no thing’” (Lee 216). Atticus already knows that he will lose this case because he knows this town, and he is telling Jem that since Tom is black the jury has already made up their mind about if he is guilty or not. Maycomb is inherently racist and misunderstanding to people that may be different from their usual ways. Tom Robinson was a good guy and he was just trying to help a white woman. Tom was taken advantage of because of his skin color. Tom Robinson was just trying to help Mayella Ewell with some chores that she couldn't do, but he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Mayella knew that if this went to court she would win the case because of his ethnicity.

Additionally, class divisions in Maycomb develop the theme. Walter was at the Finch's house, and he asked for the molasses to pour a little bit on his food. He takes the molasses and pours it all over his food. Scout yells at him and asked what was he doing. Calpurnia the Finches black maid took Scout to the kitchen and told Scout, ”There's some folks who don't eat like us. She whispered fiercely, but you ain't called on to contradict em at the table when they don't, that boy’s yo comp'ny and if wants to eat the table cloth you let him you hear” (Lee 32). After this quote scout replied with "He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-". First, Scout is being yelled at by Calpurnia because of the way she treats Walter Cunningham. Scout says this stuff because he doesn't eat like her because he is in a lower social class and doesn't know any better. Scout has already made a decision about Walter just because he does different things than her, and she has never seen this before. Class systems in Maycomb doesn't mean someone is a bad person but just because they were born into that “class” they're treated differently.

Furthermore, Scout delivers the theme of don't judge people based on their appearance. “‘Scout’, Atticus said ‘Nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything like snot-nosed. It’s hard to explain ignorantly, trashy people use it when they think somebody is favoring negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves when they want a common ugly term to label somebody” (Lee 107). Scout is ignorantly calling Atticus a nigger-lover because she doesn't know any better. Scout doesn't see a problem with this because that's all she knows from her mind being brainwashed by the town. This supports the theme because Atticus’ children are judging him because he is defending a black man in court. Atticus is not being treated well because of a situation that is out of his control and he is being judged about it.

In conclusion, Now, one should know not to judge people based on their appearance. Back in 1963, people had to get up and do something if they wanted change, and it's the same idea for today's society, too. In To Kill a Mockingbird, we are able to see both outward and inward expressions of injustice that allow us to change and alter our views on different people and ideas. In Maycomb, social classes and appearances affect the way people treated you even though it shouldn't be this way. People should be seen for who they are and then make a judgment call about them whether it be good or bad. Obviously, racism is still a problem in today's society. It has improved drastically but it is still a problem. This matters because some people will never get treated the same based on what they look like no matter their race or background. All people should get the same amount of respect, but if they do something bad they could lose that respect from someone.

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