Both of the novels reflected the historical events of their respected country. The weight of our sky reflected the Kuala Lumpur 13 May 1969 incident. To kill a mockingbird showcased The Great Depression of America and also the racism in America. Both of the stories reflected same racism issue but in different aspect. The two stories doesn’t not entirely point out the racism. It also pointed out the good in the society even though they were influences of many other external resources.
The weight of our sky’s main character is Melati Ahmad, a typical Malaysian teen who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. The story discusses about May 13, 1969, Kuala Lumpur, racial tensions led to a bloody riot. Determined to find her mother, Melati battles with herself to find courage and inner-strength. Hanna Alkaf have written the exact scenario that happened in Malaysia during the racial riot. The Chinese gang entered the theatre and asked the audience to stand separately. The Malays and Chinese are instructed to stand on the opposite sides. The Chinese were set free and the Malays were trapped in the theatre. A Chinese woman came forward to save Melati by telling she is a Eurasian. The Chinese aunty helped the Malay girl in the sense of humanity. Even during the bad, there is also always good.
To kill a mocking bird discussed about The Great Depression faced by the Americans. Scout Finch’s family did not felt the heat of Great Depression as her father is a lawyer. Other people, particularly the lower class people suffers a lot. Harper Lee used To Kill a Mocking Bird to show the racism in America. Tom Robinson, a black man have been accused as a rapist. Tom tried to tell his points to prove his innocence but end of the day, he got charged for the crime he did not commit. Atticus Finch, Scout’s father was not given respect and he was accused of defending a black man. This clearly shows how serious was racism in America. The main character, Scout Finch learns that the world is so unfair that it works in favour to white people. These scenario portrays the life of black people in America and their status in the society. All the white people stood against Tom while Atticus stood beside innocence. This proved that, even though Tom is labelled rapist, Atticus as a white man did not show his racism and instead he fought for the justice.