To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel, written by Harper Lee and it manages the subjects of race, class and gender roles. The novel is set in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1930 which was the season of extreme separation. The narrator in the novel is called Scout Finch, and the story is told from the perspective of her. Since she is a child, she is, naturally, prone to ask questions about why whites treat blacks the way they do. Scout wants to comprehend what racism means and how it affects the people in her life. The vast majority of the general population are supremacist and prejudicial. They have pitiless sentiments and judgments about dark individuals in the town. The main subject of the novel is prejudice and forms of prejudice including racism, classism, and sexism are portrayed by Maycomb’s citizens.
Abraham Joshua Herschel, a Polish-born American rabbi, said “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” There is no use in hating black people.
Pierre Berton, a noted Canadian author once said “Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.” This statement demonstrates the destruction of 1930s’ occured by the racist thought. Racism and its destruction never ceased during this time, it continued moving. Therefore, the 1930s’ racial separation made it a tremendous battle for the African Americans in their every day life. There was no justice for a black man in 1930s’ Alabama town as well. In the book, almost every character is either exposed to prejudice directly or involved in a situation that contains prejudice. For instance, Tom Robinson who is a kind person, helps Mayella, daughter of a racist father, at whatever point she required help (Lee, 197). Scout became more acquainted with Tom a superior than previously and turns out saying to his father that Tom was a kind and nice guy (281). How Tom helps Mayella is that he fixes a door and chifferobe for her. He feels sorry for her and kindly helps her no matter what needs to be fixed. Tom’ being so kind to a white person, astonished others on the grounds that typically black people are not all that kind to a white person like Mayella. Tom helps Mayella without hesitation because he knows that nobody is available to help Mayella and he feels bad about that. The primary feeling in this is Tom is feeling frustrated about Mayella that nobody is helping her.