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The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place during the 1930s in Maycomb County Alabama Atticus Finch a white southern lawyer is appointed to defend Tom Robinson an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman Throughout the story Atticus children learn the meaning of true courage Although Atticus proves Toms innocence the prejudice white jurys verdict is that Tom is guilty The assumed black characteristics of immorality dishonesty shiftlessness and personal squalor are embodied by the white Ewell clan This is a glaringly obvious fact that the prejudiced Maycomb society refuses to acknowledge Three examples of black characters who do not fit his stereotype are Reverend Sykes Calpurnia and Tom Robinson My first example is Reverend Sykes He is a respected generous man who runs a clean church and accepts worshipers both white and black When Calpurnia brings Scout and Jem to the black church he and the congregation welcome them This shows that in the eyes of the Reverend as in the eyes of God their is no prejudice At the trial Reverend Sykes makes room for Scout and Jem in the courtroom balcony where the blacks sit While the trail is going on the blacks show no disrespect for Jem and Scout After the trial is over out of respect the blacks wait until Atticus Finch passes and then they stand Secondly is the character of Calpurnia who also does not fit this stereotype Calpurnia is the housekeeper for the Finchs and also helped raise Scout and Jem Calpurnia is educated hard working and well kept She taught her children to read and Scout and Jem how to write on her own time All that she had accomplished was done at a time when most Negroes could not read or write The last black character who embody the characteristics of immortality dishonesty shiftlessness and personal squalor is Tom Robison Tom is married with children and works hard
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