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Tom Sawyer


            The novel To kill a Mocking Bird mainly deals with the struggle of one family trying to deal with racism and the effects it has on them and their lives. Racism in this book affects the characters because they didn't try to stop the hatred that was going on in their community. It is also about the fact that laws were not followed as they are supposed to. This was done by not treating everyone the same. .
             In the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor tries to show the torment and pain experienced by the African American's during 1930's in the South. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry takes place during the 1930's in rural Mississippi.
             In Harper Lee's book, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many examples of racism. During this time in history racism was acceptable. Racism is a important theme in the book. Not only were those who were black, but also those who associated with blacks, considered inferior. Atticus, a lawyer, who defended blacks in court, was mocked. An example of this is when Mrs. Dubose said, "Your father's [Atticus] no better than the niggers and trash he works for!" Mr. Dolphus Raymond was also criticized for affiliating with blacks, especially black females. Example is when Jem said, "He likes "em [blacks] better "n he likes us [whites], I reckon." Basically, you were black if you "liked" blacks. .
             , because they were considered inferior, were expected to do everything for whites. Everything had to be perfect, without excuse. Even when Calpurnia, a Finch family friend, did not make the perfect cup of coffee, she was mocked. Book excerpt, "She [Calpurnia] poured one tablespoon of coffee into it and filled the cup to the brim with milk. I [Scout] thanked her by sticking out my tongue.". Even when blacks did do well, they were still mocked. An example is when Aunt Alexandra said, "Jem's growing up now and you are too. We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence.


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