Rumors have destroyed many homes. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley is an example of whom has been through prejudice for almost his entire life. As young children, Jem and Scout Finch are led to believe that Boo Radley is a horrifying man. People have set his image as a horrifying guy who likes to eat dead animals and is cruel. Unfortunately, their opinion of him has been influenced all the people that live in maycomb to believe he is a cruel man and he is nothing but scary.
Discrimination is prevalent in the story “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the most obvious being the excessive amount of racism (Lee). Racism is the easiest to see but there are more forms of discrimination (Lee). Boo Radley is ostracized from the community when truly nobody really knows him (Lee). People discriminate Scout for being a tomboy not a lady (Lee). The last one that no one ever thinks about is how reverse racism is seen when people threaten Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in court (Lee).
Even the mockingbirds are judged unfairly due to the uncertainty of society to actually learn something about the person and understand. Ultimately, Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Mayella Ewell, and the Cunninghams are all innocent; but Maycomb’s citizens, contaminated with racism and prejudice, are unable to read and understand one another. Works Cited To Kill a Mockingbird
The book states that Bob is “found on the ground…with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs.” (280) Having attacked the children, he fulfilled is threat that one day he would get back Atticus; not only that, but Bob tried to hurt him through his children; innocent, not full grown, and no match for Bob Ewell. That is truly evil. The second major theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is hypocrisy in society. In such a society where both evil and injustice are almost always present, hypocrisy must tag along. One example of hypocrisy in To Kill a Mockingbird is after Tom Robinson’s trial; quite soon after the trial, Bob Ewell “approached him [Atticus], cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him.”(230) This is quite hypocritical because although Ewell portrayed himself as a good man during the trial, he is willing to disrespect, frighten, and threaten to kill a man who thinks otherwise.
Everyone in some time or place is misjudged or misunderstood; To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of this. Whether it be a neighbor you once thought might kill you just by walking past his house; a man you thought was a drunk, but turned out to be deceitful. and wise; or an honest man on trial, who died because of misjudgments. People are misinterpreted everywhere, and “... you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” The next time you aren’t getting along with someone, and your feel like you just can't stand them, try looking through their perspective. You never know, you may just see them in a whole new light.
To Kill A Mockingbird “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” (39). In To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, the ample amount of racism prevalent is unbelievable. Young Jem and Scout Finch had been forced by their peers, neighbors, and close ones, to view aspects of racism in several different ways, both positive and negative. As a result of their naivety, it’s easier for the surrounding environment to influence their beliefs, which can cause a variety of impacts on children. Generally speaking, Harper Lee shows how the ignorance of children could be manipulated to alter their opinions of racism, rather than being taught to use reasoning.
He tells her that Boo is, “about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained-- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” (Lee, 16) This quote demonstrates that Jem and the kids fear Boo. When describing him, they turn him into a monster, just because they’ve never seen him, and so
There are many different actors and can all be interpreted differently. One way in which society influences the Creature’s behavior is their disgust and hateful attitude towards him. For example, when the creature landed upon a village, he was attacked because of his looks, “…I had hardly placed my foot within the door, before the children shrieked and one of the woman fainted. The whole village was roused, some fled, some attacked me, until grievously bruised by stones and many others kinds of missile weapons” (93). Just the looks of the creature was enough to set off the village to attack him.
Without an unbiased panel of jury members, John Proctor’s trial was left solely to the magistrates. These magistrates were biased and relied on the word of the unreliable witnesses, and Proctor should have been represented by a defense attorney to simply cross-examine the children; thus the witness’ lies would be revealed and conflicting accounts would be made. Danforth though, mentions several times that Proctor did not need one: “The pure in heart need no lawyers.” (86). This proves to be untrue as Proctor exposes his actual crime of lechery to the court, but is still hanged for witchcraft. Accompanied with the flawed court, the judges were a major detriment to John Proctor’s case.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee exemplifies the effects of prejudice on innocent people, while others develop sympathy on the people of Maycomb, a world punctuated by the death of the Mockingbirds. Arthur Radley and Tom Robinson go through many difficulties throughout the book as people are prejudiced against Arthur for his eccentricity, and Tom because of his race. When Atticus tells his kids, “You never really understand a person. . .