The novel To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the most prestige’s novel’s of the 20th century. It was written by the author Harper Lee. Harper Lee used racism as the major theme in this novel. This novel shows us how cruel the world can be. Racism is used when Mayella, a character in this story, accuses Tom Robinson, a local black man, of rape. Also, the Lynch Mob was an example of racism because they had gone to the jail where they were holding Tom to kill him. Courthouse segregation was another example. The blacks could only sit on the balcony during court hearings.
When Tom was accused of rape, this was the most racist point in the book to me. The people of Maycomb automatically labeled him as guilty. If I were in his position I would have wanted to fight back. Atticus Finch, a local lawyer and one of the main characters, is appointed as Tom’s lawyer. He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape. Mayella had told Tom, “I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you.” (p.241) She had tricked him to coming over to her. Then that’s about the time when she accuses him of rape. He had felt sorry for her, which is why he was falsely accused in the first place.
Courthouse segregation was one of the biggest bits of racism I found in this book. When their was a court hearing, African-Americans had to sit on the balcony level. In the novel, Jem and Scout sat with Reverend Frank during the trial, they did not see anything wrong with them. They were brought up to not be racist. After the trial, even after tom was found guilty. They all stayed seated and rose up as Atticus left. They were showing him respect.
The Lynch Mob was another example of racism in this novel. This was a mob of a group of men from the town that set out to break in to the jail and kill Tom. Rape was a serious matter and especially if it had to do with a black man, it was something you could be sentenced...