Essay On The Effects Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racism is and has always been an issue surrounding different societies. Racism always leaves a stain and has its effects on a society for a long time. One of the novels that has paid great attention to this issue and demonstrating the effects of it in a society is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This novel takes place in 1930’s and it is safe to say that racism is one of the main themes of the book. Throughout the whole story, it is clearly demonstrated that racism has a lot of negative effects on the characters in the novel. Some of these effects are: denying a black man’s rights, not being able to get close or intimate with a black person, and creating hatred. Racism in a society makes it normal to deny someone’s right. In the book, every black character is denied his/her right. Tom Robinson is a prime example for this case. Tom, a black man, is accused of sexually abusing Mayella Ewell in the court of law and the court simply denies all the facts that Atticus, his lawyer, points out and ignores Tom’s say. The court finds him guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. As Atticus said, “when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins.”(Lee,220). The only reason Bob Ewell’s word is worth more than Tom’s is the fact that Bob is white and that is a clear example of how racism…show more content…
Just like a bacteria that needs an appropriate environment to grow, a racist society is the perfect environment for hatred and evil to grow. Bob Ewell is probably the most evil character in the book and his actions are unspeakable. He attacked Scout and Jim, trying to kill them just because their father, Atticus, was trying to help Tom, an innocent black man, and defend him in the court. He also beat his daughter because she kissed a black man and then pushed his hatred toward Tom Robinson by accusing him of a crime he didn’t commit. Racism is the main driver of his evil ride and it is what motivated Bob to

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