My coming of age book is called To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The topic i'm focusing on in this book is how racism affects the character. Racism is a very big topic and can mean many things ;like it can mean discrimination , or abusive behavior towards members of another race. In my book i'm focusing on the raction and emotions my character has when racism to brought up . I don't think that rasicm is right and it can hurt people's feelings really badly. Racism shouldn't be used to hurt each other but can be used as a way to teach people how we are different from each other in a good way.
The main character is Jean Louise Finch ,usually called by her nickname Scout in the book. She lives in Maycomb with her father ;which they usually just call Atticus and her brother. Her father works as a lawyer and is working on a case ; Atticus is helping to defend Tom Robinson a black male that raped Bob Ewell a white women. That's how the theme of racism is coming to be. Atticus actions made the community he was living in very dissapointed.
In school Cecil Jacobs a student announced in the schoolyard that Scout's dad defended niggers. Scout denied it and asked Jem what did Cecil mean. Scout's reaction towards this announcement was angryment because in the book it described how Scout's fist were clenched and was ready to let fly . But thankfully she held it back; Atticus said he would wear her out .
That evening Scout went home asking her father about the situation.
"Do you defend niggers, Atticus?" I asked him.
"Of course I do. Don't say niggers, Scout. That's common."
I think that Atticus is trying to teach Scout an important lesson , the lesson that is easy to realize ;is that the word nigger isn't very polite, and shouldn't be used to describe someone that is another race.
Scout was too young at that time to understand why her father was defending a negro . So this is what Atticus explained to her daughter.
"I'm simply defending a Negro...For a number of reasons ; The main one is, if i don't I couldn't hold up my head in town , I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you or Jem not to do something again."
Atticus Knows that they won't win the case because Tom is black . Totally unfair. People shouldn't be judged by their skin color or where their are from. I'm sure Atticus is helping him for a reason. Maybe he is innocent . I'm sure Atticus is not the type of person that helps a black if he raped the white girl on purpose.
Chirstmas finally is arriving in Maycomb bringing disaters with it along the way. Francis , Scout's cousin was annoying her in the dinner room . This is what happened...
"I ain't botherin' you," I said
Francis concluded that I had been sufficiently subdued, and crooned softly, "Nigger-Lover.."
I guess Scout was tired of all this nigger stuff and couldn't hold back her anger. "This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.My left impaired , I sailed in with my right, but not for long." Scout still dosen't know what Nigger- lover meant but by the aditude Francis had , she knew he was saying something bad about her father. An important conversation that Scout and her dad had after the fight was :
"You aren't really a nigger-lover,then,are you?"(scout)
"I certainly am.I do my best to love everybody...I'm hard put,sometimes-baby, It's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name.It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you."(Atticus). Atticus is confindent in what he is doing, and i think when he says i do my best to love everybody , he means that you can love anyone ,and it wouldn't matter what skin or culture that person is from.
Rasicm can cause injury and hate. It's simple when you just say Nigger but if you consider what the person receiving feels; it's more than that. Not simple but confused and hurt. The term Nigger is the most offensive word in english as of now. Also a big part of Rasicm , it is used to discriminate black people or people that are dark colored skin. So far, what i read in To Kill A Mockingbird ; People or neighbors that made fun of Scout's dad used Nigger . Life is not about hurting people is about loving and learning to appreicate diversity .