In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, there is a view of life in the American deep south of during the 1930s.The story is told through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch.
Scout is a girl who is growing up with the controversy and racism that surrounds her father’s lawsuit. Her father is Atticus Finch is a lawyer who is defending a Tom Robinson, a black man who was charged of raping a white woman. This book shows how bad racism and mental health issues are looked upon back then and there is still some that exist in today’s world. In the book Harper Lee shows racism as a strong problem in society back then.
“What happened?” asked Jem. “Mr. Radley shot at a Negro in his collard patch.” “Oh. Did he hit him?” “No,” said Miss Stephanie. “Shot in the air. Scared him pale, though.
Says if anybody sees a white nigger around, that’s the one. Says he’s got the other barrel waitin‘ for the next sound he hears in that patch, an’ next time he won’t aim high, be it dog, nigger, or-Jem Finch!” (Lee72). Here we see that people didn’t treat blacks very good during these times. We also learn that people killed blacks if they were doing something wrong where if a white person did such things they only get a slap on the wrist. Another point in this story that shows racism is where jem and scout build a snowman.
The snowman’s color is seen as different because there is a good amount of mud mixed in with the snow. Here we see that people look upon the color of the snowman as different and out of place this is foreshadowing that racism is a large factor in Maycomb. We also learn that mental health was looked at in a completely different way back then to how it is today.
In today’s world we simply overlook it and see people as people and look past their mental issues.“Thank who?” I asked. “Boo Radley.
You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.” My stomach turned…