In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Society promoted moral growth for Scout and Tom Robinson. These experiences are similar and different mine because there are somethings that I can relate to and some I can’t. To begin with, Society influenced Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird by freeing her of her innocence. In the beginning, Scout was happy and full of adventure with Jem in Maycomb.(Harper Lee pg.6) Says “When I was almost six, and Jem was nearly ten, our summertime boundaries were Mrs.
Henry Lafayette Dubose’s house two doors to the north of us, and the Radley Place three doors to the south. We were never tempted to break them.” The quote shows how Scout played in the neighborhood but knew her limits at the beginning of the story. Then a little later there was more hate showed to the two sides,” You aren’t really a nigger-lover then, are you?” (ch. 11) and “You ain’t got no business bringin white chillun in here they got their church, and we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, miss Cal?” (ch. 12) Both quotes explain the hate shared between races.
The quote from chapter 11 means that blacks and whites couldn’t be even just friends. The quote from chapter 12 meant that whites couldn’t go the same church with the blacks without being it over looked. Near the end of the book things were very different, and scout had turned around. Chapter.
25 Jem says “I mean in Maycomb County. “The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate the colored people,” Scout said, “I told Jem if that was so, then why didn’t Tom’s jury, made up of folks like the Cunninghams, acquit Tom to spite the Ewells?” Scout is saying how she sees that society has many different social levels and that she had turned from an innocent child to someone who wanted penalization for the Ewells.In conclusion, This shows how strong society is and can change the minds and thoughts of even children.The society also influenced Tom Robinson, by changing him from a good man with morals to one that didn’t have any reason to live. On page 195 it describes Tom’s life before his trial “That boy worked for me for eight years and I ain’t had a speck o’ trouble outta him.”(pg.195) Meaning Deas thought that Tom was a respectful and honest person.
Showing that Tom was a good guy to white men too. Next, In his testimony, Tom sees himself caught in a horrible situation. Mayella’s actions “breaks the code of acceptable black & white relationships” and so there’s a wrong nor right way for Tom to reply. “Mr. Finch, I tried. I tried to ‘thout bein’ ugly to her. I didn’t wanta be ugly, I didn’t wanta push her or nothin.” Tom had changed after the trial: “They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over.
” (pg.235) Atticus was saying Tom tried to escape by running the fence. This quote shows Tom’s feelings changed. He sees the men won’t let him go, so running was his only way.
This shows how Tom altered from a righteous, good man to one with low hope and was carefree which tore him down. Lastly, society plays a big part in my life even on a day to day basis.No matter what we do; culture is part of a community we live in, whether it is our culture by birth or the culture of the country we live in.
To begin, when I was in K4 at Indian Hills Elementary School, I was one of the probably 3 African American children in the grade. One day a caucasian boy asked why I was”so dark” me being so young I didn’t think much of it, and I just told my mom about it when I got home.Now that I am older I understand that probably really didn’t know and he was just so used to seeing a certain culture of individuals at that school.
And I was the odd one out. Recently, at my old apartment I used to hang out with my neighbor Suzy, and I guess my mom came to get me because it was getting late, and her step dad called me “the pretty little-colored girl”This showed me that some people still think in a time where color matters and I don’t see it that way humans are humans and should be judged by their actions not their color of skin. In conclusion Society influenced and shaped many characters in To Kill A Mockingbird as well as myself. Society uses race, location, time, and many other things to impact lives.