Essay Examples on African American

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The setting is 1930’s Maycomb County Alabama, Imagine the sights. Everywhere 2 bolded signs letting everyone know that one section is for COLORED and one section is for WHITES as if being a different race other than white is some sort of crime. A little girl with pigtails and ribbons in her hair with a freshly starched dress playing hopscotch while another girl in overalls and a ponytail running through the fields with dirt all over herself. Or that one house on that one street that everyone has their own rendition of the story about the old man who never has been seen in public in years and some chaotic background story of him to match. The main characters of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird struggle with prejudice and rumours throughout the length of the novel. Setting foreshadowing and point of view are all factors in supporting the theme of prejudice of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The setting of Alabama in 1930’s was a very racist time period. It was not only The Great Depression but also a time where White Supremacy groups began to retaliate against colored civilians. Segregation was becoming more and more popular across South America and whites saw themselves as above every other race therefore didn’t have to treat them with any respect. Black people were harshly forced away from jobs and lucky ones were able to get unskilled work picking cotton or pecans like character Tom Robinson. When Tom Robinson sat in that courtroom prejudice hate racism stubbornness and oblivion flooded in with every white person that sat down.

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