“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions..
.but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
” – Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee based To Kill A Mockingbird during the 1930s. The 1930s was the time of the Great Depression which had an era of unemployment and economic hardships. In addition, based on this quote, it explains how the people were living and treated during the 1930s.
A representation would be Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and Dolphus Raymond. All of these characters stay true to themselves even though people judge them. Their stories explain how real world events, expectations, and lifestyle choices contribute to the era of racial inequality and empowerment because Tom is a black man is being accused of raping a white girl, Aunt Alexandra is controlling Scout to be more of a lady for her benefit, and many people think a white man, Dolphus, is doing “evil” actions because he is married to an African-American woman and has mixed race children. To start with, Tom is a poor black man being accused of raping the daughter of a white family, Mayella Ewell.
“…were repeatedly tried, retried, and sentenced to death for assault, despite a lack of physical evidence and the fact that one of the supposed victims recanted.” (Patterson 110). To explain this quote, this quote means that the Ewell family accused Tom for raping Mayella when they did not even have evidence to back up their claim.
White people think it is necessary for every black person to be lynched. He is just a human being who was trying to help her but all his actions are wrong, even when helping white woman due to his race. A black man has no way to escape the harmful racism and the inequality during this age of time. “…
the guards called him to stop. They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill…Seventeen bullet holes in him…”.
(Lee 235) He tried to escape since he felt he had no hope left and felt that white people were in control of his future. His existence in the novel shows that most white people are keeping black people in lowly positions socially and politically which is why his events,expectations, and lifestyle choices contribute to the era of racial inequality and empowerment. Not to mention, Scout has some experiences dealing with her Aunt Alexandra since she is trying to mold Scout into a lady for her benefit. Scout is hesitating to be feminine for the reason that she wants to grow up on her own terms. However, during missionary circle teas, instead of acting in a proper manner, they make jokes and racist remarks. “..
. as something beautiful, something impressive, something worthy of deep thought and ambitious plan.” (Eichler 61) Lillian Eichler describes a lady as something beautiful, something impressive, something worthy of deep thought and ambitious plan, but in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, their idea of being a “lady” means to gossip about other people and make racist comments. They are good acting as a lady but yet they are being hypocritical about being one. The portrayal of women during this generation is not embodied as some people think. As time goes by she realizes that she is getting older and eventually all girls will become ladies. Also, she is adapting to being more feminine and being more comfortable with the ladies.
“People like Mr. Heck Tate did not trap you with innocent questions to make fun of you; even Jem was not highly critical unless you said something stupid. Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilling to approve wholeheartedly of them. But I liked them…”. (Lee 234) Rather than Scout becoming a lady, Dolphus Raymond is a man who lives in a world between the white and the African-Americans.
Unlike other white people, Mr. Raymond joins in the society of the African-Americans. Even though he comes from a family with money and land, he chooses to ignore racial and class categories and chooses to live his own way. “He likes ’em better’n he like us, I reckon. Lives by himself way down the country line He’s got a colored woman and all sorts of mixed chillun.
” (Lee 161) He prefers to spend his time with the black community instead of the white community which make his actions “evil”. He even married a colored woman and has mixed race children which is another example for his “evil” actions. “…the trial judge suspended the sentence for a period of 25 years on the condition that the Lovings leave the state and not return to Virginia together for 25 years.” (Loving 133) Such as this quote, people judge other people before they know the whole truth and they just assume things. Dolphus isolates himself from the white community so he plays a role.
In order to be able to live in the white community without too much harassment, he pretends to be an alcoholic. Based on this evidence, this give an illustration of how events, expectations, and lifestyle choices were like during to the era of racial inequality and empowerment. By comparison, all these characters share how they were treated due to their ethnicity and appearance.
These characters were tested by hatred and prejudice. Back then, white people think it is necessary for every black person to be lynched and this implies to Tom seeing that he is being held for a crime he did not commit. In the novel, Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie describes being a lady can mean being accepted by society and having a brighter future and this involves Scout seeing that she wants to live on her own means. Most people in Maycomb think that Mr.
Raymond’s real “crime” is his relationship with an African-American woman and having mixed raced children. The readers can see that they had to adjust to a different way of living. Throughout the novel shows many backgrounds from different characters that also can explain how their events, expectations, and lifestyle that contribute.
The big idea is that the novel has many examples of life during 1930s and how racism, discrimination, and changing because of society plays a big role during that time period but specifically Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and Dolphus Raymond share their events, expectations, and lifestyle about racial inequality and empowerment in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.