A Comparison of Black and White Attitudes in"To Kill A Mockingbird"


To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by renowned author Harper Lee. It was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize. The main character of the novel is a girl named Scout Finch, and the novel is told through her in the first person.



In To Kill a Mockingbird, blacks and whites are hostile towards each other. It is their way of life, down in Maycomb, Alabama. A stark contrast, though, is that, in Chapter 12, Scout and Jem Finch are allowed to worship at Calpurnia, their cook's, church, called First Purchase. If a black child walked into a “white” church at that time period (the book is set in the 1930s), the result would not have been pretty. Though one woman, Lula, is a bit hostile towards the Finch children and proclaims her disapproval of Calpurinia's bringing of the “white chillun'”, the rest of the church tolerates them and does not comment much because of their father, Atticus Finch, helping the black community by taking the Tom Robinson rape case.



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