How Does Harper Lee Show Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

855 Words4 Pages
In the early nineteen hundreds the ideals and morals of people around the world were and viewed much differently. In 1930’s Alabama, where Harper Lee made To Kill a Mockingbird take place, a set of events that happened gave us a view on how life was throughout that time period. In To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the main characters; Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell a white woman. Throughout the trial Atticus Finch defended him and proved Mayella’s as well as her father’s account of the events wrong. Tom was proven guilty due to discrimination which has an important role in the novel. Another of the main characters; Arthur (Boo) Radley was unfairly judged by the people of Maycomb. Many rumors surrounded him because he would not appear in public as well as his past actions. The passage given to us is a powerful moment in the book because it is a key event that leads to realizations such as that Boo Radley is just a shy good person and that people act on vengeance when proven wrong. For example, like when…show more content…
Bob Ewell seeks revenge on those who tried giving Tom Robinson a fair case, but set his rage on Atticus. He “approached him, cursed, spat on him, and threatened to kill him.”, yet Atticus , who did not take his threat seriously; calmly turned and walked away. From there, this extract from the novel leads to the important part where Bob seeks revenge by trying to harm Jem and Scout, but a shocking turn of events happens as Boo Radley turns up and saves the day. The story then unrolls itself and teaches us not one, but several lessons such as; treat people with dignity, step into other people’s shoes, people are not what they seem and most importantly, it is a sin to kill a

More about How Does Harper Lee Show Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

Open Document