To Kill A Mocking Bird written by Harper Lee. Essay entitled: Racism Concerns in To Kill A Mocking Bird.

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Racism is defined as "the belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others" by In the novel To Kill A Mocking Bird, written by Harper Lee the conflict of racism is evident amongst the citizens of Maycomb, Alabama. The problem is especially significant amongst Atticus Finch, Bob Ewell, and Mr. Dolphu Raymond who all handle the entanglement in a unique way.

Atticus Finch was a man who society should always look upon when questioned with how to handle racism. For example, Atticus never discriminated however he held a slight sympathy for the minority, which is proven when Atticus says, "The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.

As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash" (Lee 220). When Atticus says this he makes his view on racism quite clear, which is that he simply fails to recognize the color of one mans skin as a determining factor of ones character which he strongly backs up by calling any fine white man trash if they were to discriminate. Clearly, Atticus feels that it would be immortal to pin his own problems onto another man because he was viewed with less dignity then the other simply because he was black would be absurd. So it is...