What major points or examples should be included in my essay on the subject of "Treatment of others due to ignorance (lack of knowledge)" in To Kill a Mockingbird?My essay is on "Treatment of...

What major points or examples should be included in my essay on the subject of "Treatment of others due to ignorance (lack of knowledge)" in To Kill a Mockingbird?

My essay is on "Treatment of others due to ignorance (lack of knowledge)"

Asked on by lv1997

1 Answer | Add Yours

e-martin's profile pic

e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

In writing about the "treatment of others due to ignorance or lack of knowledge", there are a few primary examples from the text that will be useful to include. The trial and the events surrounding it offer several examples of behavior of this kind. 

Dolphus Raymond's confession outside the court house that he does not drink whiskey out of a paper bag, but instead drinks Coca Cola suggests a general ignorance and intolerance in the town regarding personal choices.

He fosters a reputation as a drunk to give townspeople a reason to excuse his flaunting of social taboos.

Raymond feels that he can only be understood or accepted in this way, even though the belief that he is a drunkard is literally ignorant on the part of the townspeople. 

Additionally, Atticus makes direct reference to some ignorant beliefs and biases that lead to the systematic injustice found in the court system. Atticus suggests that ignorance regarding race leads to false conclusions in Maycomb and thus to injustice.

The most obvious instance is the case of Tom Robinson: the jury's willingness to believe what Atticus calls "the evil assumption . . . that all Negroes are basically immoral beings" leads them to convict an innocent man.

The assumption that Mayella Ewell must be telling the truth and that Tom Robinson must be lying is erroneous. It is a clear example of ignorance influencing treatment or behavior.

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,928 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question