Courage In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Courageous in the Face of Racism “I said come here, nigger…” (241) This derogatory use of language offends many. In fictitious Maycomb, Alabama, of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the word nigger appeared often. In fact, store owners removed this 1960, Pulitzer Prize novel off the shelves for a time because of its immoral nature. In this book, one definitely sees human kind’s intolerance on display. The theme of racism exists throughout To Kill a Mockingbird as evidenced by Alexandria’s response to differences in others, Calpurnia’s church member’s reactions to white people attending their church, and the white jury’s conviction of an innocent black man. The fact that Calpurnia’s church members react negatively to white people attending their church, exposes the theme of racism. At a Christian church, where members should see no division as far as race, racism still courses through people’s hearts. Racism manifested in the church, demonstrates how engrained it was in society. This is evidenced when Calpurnia proudly takes the finch kids to her all Negro church, and her friend Lula does not have anything good to say about that: “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here-they got their church, we got…show more content…
Bob Ewell, whose prejudice flowed within him, accused Tom of raping his daughter, Mayella. A jury of twelve ordinary men convened to hear Atticus lay out clear evidence of Tom’s innocence. Because of the Jury’s preconceived ideas, they lacked the courage to have compassion and let Tom go free. Mayella’s words bring to light the racial conflict of the jury when she says, “That nigger yonder took advantage of me an’ if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothin’ about it then you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards, stinkin’ cowards, the lot of you.” (Page 251) Convicting an innocent black man brings forth an ultimate example of
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