To Kill A MockingbirdHarper Lee says her book is a love story, i think that the book is a racist book, what do you think of the book?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The book explores racism, but it is definitely not a racist book.  You might think that because Tom Robinson is not acquitted, the author is racist.  Instead, the book is about the effects of racism on a town.  The good outweighs the bad, and love does win in the end.

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Harper Lee's honest portrayal of a small town in the Deep South of the 1930s is realistic; if high school students are marred by the truth, should they be deluded?  Is history to be rewritten to protect their delicate natures?  It would behoove students to broaden their minds and acquire knowledge of the world that they will soon inherit.

Harper Lee's narrative is written out of love for all mankind--the Bob Ewells as well as the Miss Stephanies and the Mrs. Merriweathers and especially the Boo Radleys and all the Dills, Jems, and Scouts.

 

 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would agree that the book is not racist, only some of the characters depicted in the novel are racist. Outside of that, I cannot really justify the concept of the novel being a love story either. While some could consider the relationship between Scout and Dill one which is slightly romantic, at least on Dill's side, I would not ever feel I could justify calling the text a love story.

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The novel clearly depicts certain characters who have racist attitudes, but the main characters all work against those attitudes. Even the minor characters like Miss Maudie or Dill contribute to the theme of our shared humanity, and Scout learns that lesson and how it applies to all people or ALL color -- black or white when she finally sees the world through Boo's perspective at the end of the novel.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I'd be sincerely interested to know your reasons for thinking the book racist. Many readers perceive it as a very strong indictment of racism.  Recently, some critics have argued that Atticus Finch is not strong enough in his opposition to racism.  Is this why you consider the book racist, or do you have some other reason(s)? It would be helpful if you could explain your ideas more fully. Thanks.

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Harper Lee uses her main characters--particularly Atticus Finch--to combat the racism that is seen in other characters and situations. You shouldn't assume that it's a racist book just because some of the characters are racists. TKAM is a very accurate description of life in the Deep South during the 1930s: Negroes were subjected to Jim Crow laws, the KKK was around (as it is today), and segregation ruled. There were people, like Atticus and Miss Maudie, who tried not to live by these standards, and they are the heroes of the book--not the Ewells or the other racists and hypocrites that happen to populate Maycomb.

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I don't see how you can say it is racist.  Sure, it reflects a time when people were racist.  But that doesn't mean that it is meant to promote a racist point of view.  When you look at the ways in which the "good guys" in the book (Finches in particular) treat black people, you can see that the book is not meant to promote racism.

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kimng2 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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I believe that Harper Lee made this book to let the people who are stereotyped (in this case, the black people) get heard. I think this book has racist terms to get it's message of "racial prejudice is bad" through.

 

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kimng2 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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I think that the book is very racist, dumb and pointless.

Thank you.                   Ps. All kids that read this book are being tormented beyond repair, they are also scarred for life... just thought you should know.

Honestly, this is the least constructive answer to a question ever. This doesn't help anyone at all. This is a beautiful book and if you can't appreciate it, that's too bad for you. 

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gohomeu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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I think that the book is very racist, dumb and pointless.

Thank you.                   Ps. All kids that read this book are being tormented beyond repair, they are also scarred for life... just thought you should know.

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