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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper is not racist Everything racist the author used in the novel such as the word nigger was used to make a point and so it would affect people more If it were a white man that raped Mayella it wouldnt affect the reader as much because they have negative feelings for or qualms toward black people Harper Lee trys to make his novel realistic to bring out her message Toms character is stereotyped as being a black slave with dignity morals and courage Tom is very subservient but with a reason Its realistic because most blacks had to be very careful about what they did around white people In the community black people didnt stand a chance aganist the word of any white person In his testimony Tom had to be very careful about what he said because the slightest slip up could give the other lawyer a chance to make a play on his words When Tom runs away that reflects a stereotyed characteristic saying that all blacks try to run away to find a better place and situation away form their racist problems Atticus Finch isnt too passive Hes passive for a reason He thinks about everything he does Hes a smart man who believes in justice and equality He always trys to put himself in the other persons shoes He isnt racist If he were racist he wouldnt have taken the case seriously and taken in all the insults and consequences he got He was just firmly living up to his beliefs Everyone in town respects him and they know hes doing the right thing but no one wants to step forward and say they agress with him Hes the heroic figure The word nigger wasnt used to offend anyone Once again the author Harper Lee was using it to make it an effect inthis story It may have offended the characters in
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