English 10 Honors
21 September 2015
The Prevalent Prejudice in Society
Prejudice as defined by the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary is, “a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical.”prejudice is prevalent through many of the characters in the book. Scout, is the book’s narrator and is 7 at the beginning of the book. Her father, Atticus is a lawyer in the town of Maycomb, where the story takes place. Tom Robinson, a black character, is also very important throughout the plot of the book. Tom was accused of raping a white girl, Mayella and was sentenced to a trial which the book centers around. Throughout Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, she implies that prejudice, whether it be social or racial is a continuing factor in human society throughout the years.
Racial Prejudice is shown throughout the book and is especially evident in Tom Robinson’s trial. One example is when someone from the lynch mob stated, “‘You know what we want’, another man said. ‘Get aside from the door Mr. Finch’… And it meant somebody’s man would get jumped” (Lee 153,154). Tom The lynch mob was a group of men that came to the jail where Tom was being held the night before the trial. The mob wanted to publicly kill Tom Robinson because he was black and accused of rape. If Atticus would have been persistent and not allowed the mob in to Tom, he could have gotten hurt as well. Thankfully, Scout saved this disaster from occurring by starting a conversation with Mr. Cunningham. This is an example of racial prejudice because the people were being unfair to Tom and Atticus just because of Tom’s skin color and Atticus’ decision to help defend him. Another example of racial prejud...
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... a major factor in human society. Racial prejudice was especially evident in the trial of Tom Robinson. In the end, the jury ruled that Tom was guilty of raping Mayella because of the racial prejudice throughout society. Social prejudice is shown in two important situations; prejudice towards Boo Radley because he didn 't fit in, and towards the less fortunate of Maycomb. Towards the end of the book, the children do loose their prejudice towards Boo. This is because of his courageous act of kindness towards the children when Bob Ewell tried to kill them. The characters changed throughout the book because of their new shift from childhood innocence to seeing the dangers of the real world. This book through its characters and setting reflect on the prejudice in real life.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: New York:1960. Print.
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