Discuss how the novel To Kill a Mockingbird explores the concept of equality (race, socioeconomic, and outcasts).Discuss how the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Explores the concept of equality (race,...
Discuss how the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Explores the concept of equality (race, socioeconomic, and outcasts).
To Kill a Mockingbird addresses the concept of equality in many ways. In looking at racial equality, the novel portrays the attitude common in the Deep South at that time that whites were superior and blacks were inferior. Atticus raised Jem and Scout to consider Calpurnia part of their family but Aunt Alexandra reflected the more common feeling that she was a slave in all but name.
However, the line was not completely based upon race. Socioeconomic factors also came into play. The Ewells were white but were very poor, and were discriminated against as much as were blacks. They were outcasts in the eyes of Maycomb's culture just as much as was Boo Radley, whose main difference was simply not being sociable.
Women were also not equal members of the society, but needed to be sheltered and could not be given positions that might involve the need to think or make decisions. The proper place for a woman was at home making meals for her husband and children, not serving on a jury.