Discrimination in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

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Sometimes, people discriminate one thing, but strongly oppose the discrimination of another thing. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, this issue is very much expressed throughout the story. This thought-provoking story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during a time when there’s a rape trial against a falsely accused African American named Tom Robinson. There is also a discrimination, of sorts, towards a man named Boo Radley, by three young children named Jeremy “Jem” Finch, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, and Charles “Dill” Baker Harris. Both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are similar in their own ways through their inherent goodness. Through natural goodness; both Tom Robinson and Boo Radley express strong generosity. Even though they are both perceived as being quiet, and mysterious, they still are benevolent toward others. “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives…We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (Lee 278). This statement Scout mak...

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