Essay On Race In To Kill A Mockingbird

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"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9) Race and religion are two elements that affect culture. Racism has been an issue many countries for a long time. Racism is still a growing problem today and affects many peoples lives. In To Kill A Mockingbird there are many things that affect their society. Race, class, and gender affect Maycomb County the most. Race is one of the most important boundaries in To Kill A Mockingbird. Many of the whites used derogatory words, including "nigger", when they talked about blacks. Scout also used that word because she did not know how disrespectful it was. She had not understood why Atticus was going to defend Tom Robinson, even though he knew they would lose. Atticus had said, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win" (101). This was significant because it showed that Atticus wanted his children to know that you can't be prejudice, especially…show more content…
Scout always knew about the different social classes in Maycomb, but never knew how to act about them. On Scout's first day of school she pointed out to her teacher that Walter Cunningham didn't take anything from anyone. She then tried to fight Walter, and had to invite him to dinner because of her actions. Calpurnia says, "That boy's yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?" (32). She said that to Scout when she questioned Walter when he poured syrup on his dinner. This is important because Calpurnia taught Scout that no matter how poor or rich someone is, you must always treat them with the utmost respect, especially when they are your guests. This lesson still pertains to people today. Social classes are very important to everyday life in
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