Thesis:Throughout Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the people of Maycomb areclassed by the color of their skin, gender, and their financial status and thatcause the killing of a mockingbird: Tom Robinson. TOPICSENTENCE: Maycomb is a little town that stood for a miniature Americancommunity with all its positives and negatives. Inequality was one of thesocial illnesses that town was plighted with.
Many factors caused this illness;racial discrimination was one of the most eminent causes of inequality S:The most famous victim of racism in maycomb is Tom Robinson, a black that isfalsely accused of rapinf Mayella Ewell. He was brought in front of a white menjury for trial. Atticus Finch decided to be his lawyer.
Although Atticus givesthem all apparent reasoning that Tom Robinson is innocent, racism is shown whenthe jury sentences him to death. Atticus tells him that they still might have agood chance but Tom Robinson thinks that he will only be judged by the colourof his skin once again. E:Tom didn’t want to take a chance but instead he takes the matter into his ownhands and attempted to escape from jail only to be shot seventeen timesby the guards.
S:Not only did racial discrimination hurt people who had a different color ofskin, it also hurt people who chose to associate themselves with those’different’ people. It even intruded on people’s personal lives. E:Mr. Dolphus Raymond was a white man who chose to marry a black woman. Yet, toget through with it, he had to act as a drunk. He always had to pretend that hewas drinking from a bottle in a paper bag, so that everybody would leave himalone. S:Even the people of law, who are supposed to enforce law and justice, were notable to subsidize their shameful inheritance of racism and the hatefuldiscrimination that was collectively practiced in Maycomb. E:This quote explains Atticus’s point of view, which is, that the white people ofMaycomb – whatever their social, financial, or official statuses are – have themindset that all black people are evil.
Therefore, he was inherently losing hiscase due to prejudice and lack of justice, not because of the weakness of hisdefense or the lack of proofs that his client was not guilty. TOPICSENTENCE: Along with race, Harper Lee discusses gender roles throughout hernovel. S:Scout shares resentment towards being called a “girl,” always taking the wordas an insult. Because Aunt Alexandra is staying for a given amount of time,Scout, to her dismay, realizes she must follow her aunt’s rules.