June 9th, 2009
To Kill A Mockingbird is set in Alabama before civil rights cases were properly exposed of justices and cases against
African-Americans were considered open. You find out that society can hurt innocent individuals who have littler power because of
who they are. Through this novel, you put on the shoes of a small girl, Scout, and walks through a town where they learn of social
inequality, coexistence of good and evil, and racism by seeing it through her father and life experiences.
Race is a central issue in this time period. People aren't willing to accept change and theirs not much you can do in the
1930's to change that because it was "sociality acceptable" not to. Racism was given to its full potential in this novel by displaying
that of Tom Robinson being charged on a crime that he did not commit. He is accused of raping a white women by one of the most
untrustworthy people in the town. This was just another accusation in this time but ended as most did, with the wrong outcome
chosen because of social inequality.
Differences in social status are explored largely through the overcomplicated social status. The Finches stand near the top
social latter, with most of the townspeople beneath them. Ignorant farmers like the Cunninghams, lie beneath the townspeople, and
the Ewells rest below the Cunninghams. But, the black community lies even beneath them around this time and it explains the
outcome of the trial of Tom Robinson. For example, Scout can not comprehend why Aunt Alexandra refuses to let her talk to Walter
Cunningham. It shows the unpleasant status of the Maycomb society to critique the role of class status, and ultimately, prejudice of
Now humans were always questioned on their preditory nature and whether or not they are essentially good or evil. To kill a
mockingbird approches this theroy by having Jem and...