In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the eyes of a child to show how racism has taken over Maycomb and now has overpowered the truth and their religion. She shows us how a true Christian is not racist. Harper Lee uses the The author shows how you are not being a true Christian if you are racist and always complaining. “We can educate ’em till we’re blue in the face, we can try till we drop to make Christians out of ’em, but there’s no lady safe in her bed these nights”, (311). This means that even if they educate or convert “them” which means the black’s to Christians they will still commit crimes and no one will be safe.
We can see that the people in Maycomb consider the blacks to be below them and that thought that since they were black they will always commit crimes. This is important because it shows the racism in Maycomb and the author is trying to contradict it because Harper Lee doesn’t believe that because she shows us how Tom Robinson was innocent but still proven guilty because he was black. Race is a major theme in the book and looking at what people of Maycomb think of blacks gives the book a new perspective.
The author shows up how racism and religion had become a major problem in Maycomb by making us look at it from a child’s perspective. This changes the way we interpret the meaning of religion and racism in our life. “Then Mr.
Underwood’s meaning became clear: Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed,” (323). This quote is said by Scout when she realizes how Tom Robinson was convicted guilty of something he didn’t do. This is important because it shows how Harper Lee uses a child perspective to develop a big theme in the book. It also shows how the author doesn’t agree with the racism going on in Maycomb because it was wrong that Tom Robinson was going to guilty when Mayella opened her mouth because she is a white woman.The author point is justified because she shows how religion doesn’t teach us to be racist. Also, she shows us how race doesn’t determine our beliefs and personality. “That much I could follow.
If her right eye was blacked and she was beaten mostly on the right side of the face, it would tend to show that a left-handed person did it,” (238). This shows how they knew Tom Robinson was innocent but they still proved him guilty because he was black. He was also a Christian but that didn’t overpower him being black. This is important because the author knows that Tom Robinson is innocent because he is not left – handed and Bob Ewell is. This later ends with Tom Robinson proven guilty.