To Kill a Mockingbird: Man's Inhumanity to Man

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A central theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, is man`s inhumanity to man. Many types of inhumanity – whether intentional or not – can be seen throughout this novel. Scout and Jem Finch as well as Dill treat Boo Radley with a level of inhumanity; however, their intentions are not cruel, merely childish and playful – as they are. However some examples of inhumanity found in the novel are not as innocent. An evident struggle that continues throughout the book, is the inhumanity black people suffer at the hands of white people; as well as men`s towering empowerment over women, which is often shown in violence and other cruelty. It is evident in the novel, that racism of all kinds affects the everyday lives of many people. Though this may be a …show more content…

How would we like it if Atticus barged in on us without knocking, when we were in our rooms at night? We were, in effect, doing the same thing to Mr. Radley. What Mr. Radley did might seem peculiar to us, but it did not seem peculiar to him. Furthermore, had it never occurred to us the civil way to communicate with another being was by the front door instead of a side window? Lastly, we were to stay away from that house until we were invited there, we were not to play an asinine game he had seen us playing or make fun of anybody on this street or in this town...”. The inhumanity that results from racist attitudes in the story of To Kill a Mockingbird is not only found in fictional writing. Racism is an issue which much of the world’s population is subject to. “To Kill a Mockingbird’s Maycomb county could be considered a [small representation] of American class as a whole” (To Kill a Mockingbird: The Class System in Maycomb County). Before the trial of Tom Robinson; Scout, Jem and Dill did not had the chance to experience the full extent of the hatred and lack of justice that was present when such formal racism was revealed. When in the courtroom, Dill becomes upset about the way Tom was being treated. He left the courtroom in tears. Once outside he meets Mr. Rudolf who shares Dill’s views of racism and says: “...Cry about the simple hell people give other people – without even thinking. Cry about the hell which people