Similarities Between Black Boy And To Kill A Mockingbird

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In “Black Boy” by Richard Wright and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the characters in the book are forced to accept the amount of racism that goes on in their communities. This “acceptance” is caused by people in their societies and even people as close as family and friends pressuring these characters to become adjusted to living in the Jim Crow South. The main characters of both books, Scout and Jem Finch of TKAM and Richard Wright of Black Boy, try to fight against these societal norms and try to break away from this conformity. In those times, Richard was a very intelligent man, especially for him being African American. He has always wanted to be a writer, but to some they felt as if that was nearly impossible for a black boy. When Richard was in seventh grade he was told by a white woman, “You’ll never be a…show more content…
Having those jobs went against the jobs that society would have expected black people to have. Most of the white people in this time did not like that African Americans could have reached the level of intelligence that they had which is why Richard was shut down. In To Kill a Mockingbird, it was taught that it was wrong for white people to develop relationships with the black people. When Atticus Finch decided to defend Tom Robinson in court, he knew that he was going to have to fight with all the might he had in him if he wanted Tom to win in court. That of course, did not happen because in the Jim Crow South, if whites and blacks were in an altercation, the whites would always be considered right. Scout and Jem were not born racist and their father never taught them to be racist. It was just the society that they grew up in led them to knowing that African Americans were not anywhere near superior to whites. Receiving the verdict after Atticus defended Tom made Scout and Jem very

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