In To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie states, ‘And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step – it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.’
Do you agree with Miss Maudie Atkinson that the people of Maycomb have advanced in their attitudes to race as a result of the Tom Robinson case?
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If you view the town's advancement in the sense of "baby steps" as Miss Maudie describes, I would agree with the quotation. There are still racist attitudes in Maycomb -- we know this by the conversations at the Missionary Circle Meeting. These religious ladies should be the most open-minded, but their conversations reveal some of the most racist sentiments in book. In that way, Maycomb is unchanged. However, Aunt Alexandria has changed the way she views people of another race. Arthur Radley comes outside. Miss Dubose extends a sign of friendship. People reach out to Helen Robinson. These each represent a baby step. Individual people are making changes in their lives in order to be more accepting of others. People are acknowledging that something is off in their society. These small shifts are how change begins. In that way, Maycomb is advancing.
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