In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the word "nigger" is used by many
characters. People use these words because of their insecurity, innocence and a craving for
power. When people are insecure, they will blame others to gain comfort. Sometimes, the youth
would have innocence or ignorance and they can offend people without knowing it. Another
reason to use the word "nigger" is for gain of power. Humanity always have the crave for power.
Either way, the word "nigger" is used in a negative way portraying negative attention to who
ever uses it.
Though “nigger” is not an innocent word, there is some innocence connected to the use
of the word by some people in the book. ...view middle of the document...
He uses words like
“rutting” to describe Tom Robinson so people would see him as an animal instead of a human
being. Attacking the people by using offensive words shows lack of confidence and power.
Ewell gains confidence when he sees that Robinson is frightened. But, all his power and
confidence is fake. He just believes he is powerful but really he just made himself look bad.
Mayella Ewell, the victim, was very insecure about herself. She had kissed Tom
Robinson, a black man. Mayella tempted a negro and even the idea is strongly looked down
upon society at that time. She did not want to be seen as a dirty woman. To save herself from
being cast from society she accused Tom Robinson of sexual assault. “What was the evidence
of her offence? Tom Robinson, a human being. She must put Tom Robinson away from her. Tom
Robinson was her daily reminder of what she did. What did she do? She tempted a
Negro.”(Lee,1960, page 203) As for Bob Ewell he is ashamed of what his daughter did. He
decides to also accuse Tom...