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I´ve found a photo of a young girl, at school, sitting by herself. I do not know the context of this photo, only that it represents what was going on during the Civil Rights Movement. The photo shows a colored child sitting by themselves at a table in a school, with a table full of white children smirking and giggling in the background. As you can tell they look like they are mocking and making fun of the child in front, who is looking solemnly at the camera, but does not seem particularly upset. This is probably a portrayal of what it looked like when segregation in schools ended. This child is being seen as ¨the other¨ by the other children simply because of the color of their skin.
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in a time where a photo like this could have been taken, because it takes place during the Civil Rights Movement. In the novel, colored people are made fun of and discriminated against, as we in the trial, when Tom Robinson does not get much of a chance to be seen as innocent because people are so biased against people like him.
The song ¨We See the Light¨ is from a musical called Something Rotten!, which takes place in the Renaissance era. In the song, a man named Nigel meets and woman named Portia, and they immediately fall in love and bond over their mutual love of poetry. However, Portia is a Puritan, and Nigel is not, so they worry about their future together. Portia is convinced that her father will not be upset about the relationship, though, when he hears Nigel´s beautiful poetry together. Nigel and his beliefs are seen as ¨the other¨ because Portia´s family is against it and does not think it is right.
Yeah, he's a hard man to be moved
And he'll say ...
This is unacceptable, I do not approve
But I know you'll win him over
His heart is gonna sing
And he'll love you when you do your thing¨
Portia is positive that her lover´s poetry is going to bring her father to accept him, and that he will not see Nigel as ¨the other¨ anymore. They both imagine all the Puritans singing in unisan about how no matter what, love is always the answer. ¨[PURITANS/NIGEL/PORTIA]
We see the light
You changed how we're thinkin'
Cause we were blind
But you showed us the way
We're wrong, you're right
Salvation is yours if you do what is true to you
And you do it with love
Do it with love¨.
This song connects to To Kill a Mockingbird because it shows that everyone should just love each other despite our differences. During the Civil Rights Movement, people were trying to realize the same thing, that it is okay to not be normal and that it is okay to be one of ¨the other¨. In the novel, Scout wants to be friends with Walter Cunningham, but her Aunt Alexandra won't allow it because he is from a less wealthy family, and that he is ¨trash¨.
The Salem Witch Trials were a time between 1692-1693, when women (and sometimes men) of all ages that had any kind of disability or were different in some way were accused of demonic crimes and witchcraft. More than 200 people were accused, and 19 of them were executed. "People who were different in any way, through age, or physical disability, or mental disability, were picked out by those who wanted to believe there was some specific reason why things had gone wrong" (Kiger). People were being ¨othered¨ because they were different in some way, and were believed to be some result of the Devil's work. As people were extremely afraid of evil activity at this point in history, it was easy to believe that anyone who didn't act, look, or seem ¨normal¨ was evil. After a while, though, the accusations became unrealistic and clearly made up, because people at the trials started taking gossip and rumors as evidence. ¨They also show how seemingly rational, moral people can be induced to support wrongs or even perform them, if they fail to contemplate the nature of their deeds...¨ (Kiger).
The Salem Witch Trials were a time in history where people of minority were accused of things they did not do. The Civil Rights Movement, although it was a much longer event, had a similar problem. The historical fiction book To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, takes place during this time. In TKAM, there is a trial in which a colored man named Tom Robinson is falsely accused to sexual assault to a young women. People only believed this because he was colored, and there were biases against colored people during this time. The Salem Witch Trials were similar, except it targeted people with physical or mental disabilities.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement was a movement where women in the United States fought for the right to vote. People believed that women's opinions were not important or did not matter. Women were seen as ¨the other¨ and were discriminated against. There was only one image of what women were supposed to be. ¨the idea that the only “true” woman was a pious, submissive wife and mother concerned exclusively with home and family¨ (Anthony). Apparently women belonged in the home and nowhere else. Thankfully, people these ages have proven that this is not true. Soon after, people's views began to change. ¨Instead of arguing that women deserved the same rights and responsibilities as men because women and men were ´created equal,´ the new generation of activists argued that women deserved the vote because they were different from men. They could make their domesticity into a political virtue, using the franchise to create a purer, more moral ´maternal commonwealth´¨ (Anthony). Women were still not seen as equal.
The Women's Suffrage Movement was a time where women were seen as ¨the other¨ at not validated to vote and share their opinions. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is seen as not girly enough, because she wears overalls and not dresses. Her Aunt Alexandra tells her that it is not proper to be the way that she is, but in reality we know that it does not matter what a woman wears or how a woman acts, because it does not make them any lesser of a person.