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Grandmothers Victory by Maya Angelou and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee have many significant similarities Both authors deal with issues such as racism and discrimination towards blacks The authors show the ignorance and bigotry displayed between the races in the late 1930s The main characters in Grandmothers Victory are Grandmother Henderson Maya Angelou Miz Helen Miz Ruth and Miz Eloise who are known as powhitetrash The main characters in To Kill A Mockingbird are Atticus Finch Jem Finch Scout Finch Tom Robinson and Mrs Dubose The authors show how each character deals with the issues at hand yet each story has its own unique style of a victory Grandmothers Victory takes place in Arkansas around the late 1930s To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in Alabama also around the late 1930s The late 30s in the South was very difficult to say the least for black folks Grandmother Henderson and Maya are experiencing racism from three lower class white girls If they come in the store you go in the bedroom and let me wait on them They only frighten me if youre around Atticus and the children are experiencing harassment from other white folks for defending a nigger named Tom Robinson But Mrs Dubose held us Not only a Finch waiting on tables but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers These quotes show the attitude of most whites towards blacks in this time period There is a very interesting difference in these two stories In Grandmothers Victory it is white children harassing the blacks This scenario is the case you usually hear about However in To Kill A Mockingbird it is whites harassing other whites for befriending a black The most common name for Atticus was nigger lover Atticus doesnt mind the names or being harassed when he is alone It bothers Atticus when people would harass Jem and Scout Atticus teaches his children to treat everyone
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