Describe the role racism plays in the community of Maycomb in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.Ok i have to write a letter to the editor (or Mr. Underwood) describing racism in maycomb and how to...
Ok i have to write a letter to the editor (or Mr. Underwood) describing racism in maycomb and how to solve the problem. Also i have to write it as if i was Atticus. Any ideas will help because i'm not sure how to write it as if I were Atticus. Thank you.
Start out by thinking about the type of person Atticus was. He was a lawyer, kind, and usually calm. His letter would likely be well written with a careful eye toward word choice. He certainly wouldn't use any abrasive language or hateful rhetoric to prove his point. Atticus usually makes a point by remaining calm and rational. He would probably give examples of specific points of racism in Maycomb. He might also talk about his own experiences with racism, like the neighbors' reactions to Calpurnia's influence on his home and his children or his involvement in the trial of Tom Robinson. Atticus would probably offer evidence of how the color people of Maycomb were no different. Just remember that Atticus is a lawyer and likely to stick with a calm dissemination of the facts and your letter should turn out fine.
Atticus does a good job of putting himself in another person's place and trying to see things through their eyes. He also uses logic and reason to discuss issues, rather than letting emotions control his thinking. A letter from him would empathize with others' points of view, while using reason to show where they might be mistaken.
One metaphor for racism we find in the novel is the rabid dog. People often find metaphors easier to confront than ideas. You could compare racism to the rabid dog, and explain the damage each one does. Of course, Atticus is the one who shot the dog. He is also responsible for defending the town against racism.
I imagine that Atticus would raise the sorts of points that he does when education Scout and Jem. The idea of walking around in someone's skin would be raised, and possibly his experiences of prejudice as Tom Robinson's lawyer.