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commisso | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2009 at 11:12 AM via web

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What are some good discrimination quotes found in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

 

- anything about racism

- anything about scout's gender

- anything about the threats Atticus and his family receive when he was defending Tom Robinson

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 11, 2009 at 2:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Here are some quotes and notes regarding racism in "To Kill a Mockingbird":

  • Miss Gates, the teacher, worries about the Negroes, who seem to be trying to "get above themselves"
  • Aunt Alexandra feels that it is improper for Scout and Jem to attend the Negro church or even visit Calpurnia's home.  When Scout asks to go in Chapter 13, Aunt Alexandra says, "You may not!"
  • Atticus is referred to as a "n-----lover" at school. (Ch.9)
  • In Chapter 11, Scout tells her father that Mrs. Dubose calls Atticus a "n-----lover."
  • Mr. Raymond is discriminated against by the whites because he lives with a black woman.  The children are discriminated against by both races:  "Colored folks won't have 'em because they're half white; white forlks won't have em 'cause they're colored, so they're just in-betweens, don't belong anywhere."  Jem tells Scout in Ch.16
  • "You've seen'em Scoout.  You know that red-kinky-headed one that delivers for the drugstore.  he's half white.  They're real sad."
  • Helen Robinson finds it hard to find work after her husband is arrested. (Ch.12) "Helen's finding it hard to get work these days."
  • "...its [the jail's] supporter said it gave the town a good solid respectable look, and no stranger would ever suspect that it was full of n------s." (Ch.15)
  • "'You know what we want,'  another man said. 'Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.'"(Ch. 15)

 

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