Why did Harper Lee use quotations from her novel To Kill A Mockingbird to bring up topics such as racism and classism. The answer is very simple; she wanted to have her characters give a lasting impression to the audience by having them question their morals by seeing similarities and differences between them and the characters of the story. The most noticeable topic brought up in the story was racism. Whether it be Tom Robinson being unjustly tried because he was an African American, or the fact blacks and whites had separate churches. Some of the characters were not prejudice, but most were. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, she used many quotations from key characters to bring up her thematic topics such as racism.
Harper Lee used many characters to be examples of racism for the novel to be authentic to the period which the story took place. A way of telling a character was a racist was seeing how they reacted to Atticus defending Tom Robinson at the trial. Characters like Bob Ewill, were angry at Atticus for defending a black man, while characters like Ms. Maudie had no problem with it. For some characters, like Heck Tate, it was much harder to determine if he had any problem with Atticus and Tom Robinson. Ms. Dubose uses a quotation that shows how she is clearly annoyed by Atticus defending Tom Robinson. “Yes indeed, what has the world come to when a Finch goes against his raisings. I’ll tell you, your father is no better than the Negroes and trash he works for.”(117) This quotation shows the anger of some people toward Atticus when he takes Tom Robinson’s case. Atticus was just doing what he thought was right and he was being judged by the town for it. Most of the racism throughout the book is clearly seen in the words or actions towards another.
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There were characters that were without a doubt, racist, but some characters were not. The obvious ones were Atticus Finch, Ms. Maudie, and the children. The book revolves around the idea of Atticus being this perfect person. He always seems to do the right things, although he will never admit to being perfect. Ms. Maudie is very similar to Atticus in the same way as she never seems to do the wrong thing. The children are young and most do not even understand the thought of racism. It is not until the trial that Scout, Jem, or Dill start to realize that racism is everywhere in their town. Atticus uses a quotation where he explains how the courts in the early twentieth century were judged unfairly. “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life.”(252) This quotation expresses how the world would always rule in favor of the whites over the blacks. This thought can be applied to today’s society. The racism is not nearly as bad, but some say that racism will never truly be gone. Atticus tries to show the world that racism is not needed, but getting the world to listen is the most difficult part.
The children of the novel still had the innocence where they did not understand the topics like racism. Scout, Jem, and Dill still do not comprehend what people mean when they call an African American a “Negro”. As far as their understanding goes, they know so called “negroes” are just treated slightly different than the whites. When they sneak into the trial, however, they truly see what racism truly is. Tom Robinson being charged with rape with almost no evidence. Has this case gone to trial simply because of the color of Tom Robinson’s skin. Atticus uses a quotation when he talks to Scout about the term “Nigger-Lover”. “Scout, nigger-lover is just one of those terms….how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” After this quotation, Scout finally understands what people have been meaning when they called Atticus a nigger-lover. She still does not understand why people still dislike Atticus so much for just defending a black man in a court case. If a child Scout’s age can see racism in this novel is wrong, why could so many other characters not?
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In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird, she used many quotations from key characters to bring up her thematic topics such as racism. The connection between all of these paragraphs is the racism in the novel is clearly seen. So many see only the colors black and white, but a small number of characters see people who should be treated equally, no matter how they are different. Harper Lee used the quotations of characters from the story to make people question what they had thought about what they thought about the topic and maybe to change their perspective on the way they see the world around them.