Negative Stereotyping In Maycomb Essay

962 words - 4 pages

Negative Stereotyping in Maycomb
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (39) This quote from the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is falsely used by the people in Maycomb. In the book Boo Radley also known as Arthur Radley is described as the monster of Maycomb. After Tom Robinson, a African American that falsely accused for raping a white women, trail was over people can clearly see that Boo Radley is no monster, but a normal citizen of Maycomb. Another character in "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a man presented as the town "drunk". Dolphus Raymond has to potray something that he is not, because he has a African American girlfriend and children also. Dolphus Raymond acts as if he has a drinking problem so people will understand why he has a African American girlfriend.Throughout the book Harper Lee shows three cases of stereotyping in the town of Maycomb, from using Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond.
The character Boo Radley, is sterotyped as the monster of Maycomb:
Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (16)
Jem describes a popular stereotype opionion of Boo Radley, in which everyone in Maycomb believes. This shows that not only did the citizens of Maycomb stereotype Boo as a monster, but the children of Maycomb did also. Another example of how the town of Maycomb stereotyped Boo was that he was an evil guy that wished harmed to others. "In the house lived a malevolent phantom." (10) This stereotype shows that not only did the people of Maycomb think that Boo was a monster looking person, but that he also had a evil heart and wished evil to people. Therefore, since no one sees Boo Radley, it is easy to make accusations and spread rumors about him. He is reclusive, introverted. He hides away from the town, which gives them free reign to make outrageous claims about him.
Furthermore, Harper Lee introduces Tom Robinson into the story when the reader learns that Atticus, the narrotar dad, would be depend Tom in the trial. Tom Robinson is sterotyped because of the color of his skin. Since Tom is not white he doesnt have a chance of winning the trial.
"Atticus, are we going to win it ?" Scout asked Atticus.
"No, honey" anwsered Atticus.
"Then why-" asked Scout in confusion. (101)
This shows the people of Maycomb knew that Tom...

Find Another Essay On Negative Stereotyping in Maycomb

Social Class and Family Groups in To Kill a Mockingbird

1085 words - 4 pages How far do you think Harper Lee has effectively shown social class and family groups to be important at that time? The rigid class structure and social stratification of Maycomb County had a profound effect on the events in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The impact of this class structure was especially evident in the trial of Tom Robins on, a Maycomb Negro. The extreme prejudice of the town eventually led to the unjust

Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4476 words - 18 pages slaves illegally. This was the main cause of the civil war. The northern states won the war and the United States was formed. Even though they lost the war, the south passed their own ‘Jim Crow Laws’ in the 1900’s making racial segregation legal. The backwardness and narrow-mindedness of the community fuelled racism in Maycomb. These negative qualities account for the social and religious prejudices in the novel. The community’s narrow

How To Avoiding Stereotyping

775 words - 3 pages of negative stereotyping can be avoided. Trying to avoid stereotyping in general is not possible. People will still stereotype no matter how hard others will try to avoid it. People can partly avoid being stereotyped negatively by others, but can’t avoid being stereotyped overall. Besides positive and negative categories of stereotyping, there are also two models of stereotyping. One is called “bookkeeping” and other is “sub-typing


593 words - 2 pages , which can cause communication barriers on multiple levels. For example, a stereotypical individual feels that some people are more intelligent that others due to their race, or the color of their skin. Racial stereotyping can lead to the suppression of the minority population in an area by the dominant culture, and this hinders societal development.The practice of racial stereotyping through the use of the media has been used throughout history

Feminist Theory

1196 words - 5 pages and angry. Feminists have also been regarded as lesbians, bra burners and sex haters. They also hate staying at home. These stereotyping have got implications that might work to erode the gains of the affirmative actions that are slowly seeing the light of the day in recent times. It conversely also has some positive effects on the victims. Some of the effects of this stereotyping include low performance by the victims of the negative

What is wrong with Stereotyping?

950 words - 4 pages possibility of being robbed, injured or harassed by those men. Is stereotyping wrong or are the people saying that it is wrong just living with a dirty conscious? The practicality of stereotyping far outweighs the negative side. Everyone has been stereotyped and everyone will be stereotyped. The sooner we accept stereotyping as a way of assessment and not as a stone template the better off the world will be. I firmly believe that anyone that says stereotyping is completely wrong is just living with their head in the sand and away from common sense.

Stereotyping: Nature of the Beast

1549 words - 6 pages other humans in some way to simplify thinking (Billig,1999). Creating oversimplified ways of thinking within ourselves has been detrimental throughout history. Today this negative impact has effected and targeted youth. Prejudgments have devastating effects upon teenagers (Buchanan, 2009). Many of these misconceptions are the instigating cause of suicide, peer pressure, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, depression, racism, and violence. Stereotyping the

To Kill a Mockingbird

578 words - 2 pages Alabama. The racial prejudice shown in the novel has a lot to do with the town being situated in the southern United States. The remote setting and the closed minds of the community fueled racism in Maycomb. These negative qualities account for the prejudices in the novel. Maycomb people have very inward looking views and so these views are passed on from generation to generation. Maycomb is a very religious town with the foot-washing Baptists

TKM Essay

1395 words - 6 pages and walk around in it.’” Atticus communicates with Scout using an aphorism. He says that you won’t really understand someone until you actually understand that person’s perspective. As shown, communication that attempts to prevent prejudice and injustice exists in Maycomb. However, communication fails to stamp out the deep-rooted prejudice in Maycomb. This quote highlights the devastating effects of prejudice. In this quote, Miss

Stereotyping of women in the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

1467 words - 6 pages The Stereotyping of women is common in literature and it is not any different in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The ladies of Maycomb are excellent examples of stereotypical roles women play in a "man's world. Scout's observation of the ladies of Maycomb is ..."Ladies seemed to live in faint horror of men, seemed unwilling to approve wholeheartedly of ...[men]." " ...There was something about...[men] that I instinctively liked...they

A Balanced Society Of The Good And Evil

1725 words - 7 pages balanced society in Maycomb because she delineated many positive characters as well as the negative characters that contrasted the positive characters.Miss Stephanie Crawford was a negative character in the story. Miss Stephanie Crawford was known as a ¡¥neighborhood scold'. She was a terrible gossip who loved to poke into and around in the lives everyone and anyone in Maycomb. At the beginning of the story the reader learns that most of

Similar Essays

Racial And Social Prejudice Essay

901 words - 4 pages families to have a stereotype, which could have a negative effect on the members of that family, because they are put into a certain social status just by their name. Prejudice can lead to unjust judgments about individuals or groups, which can result in injustice, division, and inequality in a community. Individuals in Maycomb County were often prejudged because they didn’t fit into a particular stereotype in that community. Maycomb County had

Maycomb’s Madness Of Racism, In To Kill A Mockingbird

1004 words - 4 pages not happy with the results of racism. Racism in Maycomb results in nothing but negative results proving to us that racism cannot benefit anyone. Maycomb citizens have to fight against all social problems that are created from racism. The citizens of Maycomb are also physically assaulted from racial discrimination. Racism is an pointless problem that is caused by prejudice thoughts and it can be controlled by everyone Works Cited Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird. New York: Warner Books , 1960. Print.

The True Antagonist Essay

959 words - 4 pages from “outside forces:” racism and prejudice. However, he has to leave his “cocoon,” meaning exposure to these negative aspects of his hometown. Jem becomes vulnerable, causing him to discern the harsh prejudiced people and racists he lives among- distressing him. Distressing a person means antagonizing a person; therefore, Maycomb antagonizes its people. Antagonization clearly presents itself in Maycomb county. The alienation of the poor and

The Extent To Kill A Mockingbird Critiques The Cultural Values Of Maycomb Society

3228 words - 13 pages on this topic show, by contrast, how divided society is. Both Atticus and Aunt Alexandra have totally different values, however it is the latter’s opinion which most of society in Maycomb take and Atticus’s views are used to show how deluded the people of Maycomb are. Another aspect of social division is stereotyping, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ it is accepted that ‘There are four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kin… the kind
Orecchini | Galavant | TV Zeitschriften (0)