Connections between 4 texts.

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Maury Calzada 11English


I have been studying four texts for this report, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "A Party Down at the Square" by Ralph Waldo Elison, "Mississipi Burning" by Alan Parker and "Green Mile" directed by the famous Frank Darabont. All these texts show connections and have similarities to help us to explore the idea of key individuals or group of people or the justice system shows racist attitude. They can do this verbally, physically or turning the blind eye. Verbally means using derogatory language towards Black American. Physical means using violence to make themselves feel superior. Justice system meaning that there is no fair legal trial. Turning the blind eye means bystander effect that is affected by this.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is set in a fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during 1930's. It charts the small town life of a young white girl, Scout, living in a deeply segregated society.

Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer, is given a task of representing Tom Robinson. He is a young black man who is falsely accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. Her father Bob Ewell, humiliated and vows revenge. He spits at Atticus' face tried to get into the judges house and stalks the judges' wife and tried hurting Jem and Scout during the Halloween pageant. During this time Atticus was called a "nigger lover" by Bob Ewell and the townspeople and he still kept his head high and did the best he can do to defend Tom Robinson.

The short story "A Party Down at the Square" is the story of a boy who witnesses lynching. The young boy is at his uncles somewhere Deep South when a bunch of men yelling there will...