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Negative Stereotyping in Maycomb

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Negative Stereotyping in Maycomb
“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) This quote from the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is falsely used by the people in Maycomb. In the book Boo Radley also known as Arthur Radley is described as the monster of Maycomb. After Tom Robinson, a African American that falsely accused for raping a white women, trail was over people can clearly see that Boo Radley is no monster, but a normal citizen of Maycomb. Another character in "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a man presented as the town "drunk". Dolphus Raymond has to potray something that he is not, because he has a African American girlfriend and children also. Dolphus Raymond acts as if he has a drinking problem so people will understand why he has a African American girlfriend.Throughout the book Harper Lee shows three cases of stereotyping in the town of Maycomb, from using Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond.
The character Boo Radley, is sterotyped as the monster of Maycomb:
Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on 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. (16)
Jem describes a popular stereotype opionion of Boo Radley, in which everyone in Maycomb believes. This shows that not only did the citizens of Maycomb stereotype Boo as a monster, but the children of Maycomb did also. Another example of how the town of Maycomb stereoty...

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... the all serve the same purpose; to teach Scout, Jem, and the readers, that people are not so easily judged. Despite the towns preconceived notions of these men, they are not what others think of them. No one truly knows these men, but they make outrageous claims nonetheless. Throughout the book Harper Lee shows three cases of stereotyping in the town of Maycomb, from using Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Dolphus Raymond. Boo is more of an isolated person that stays inside alot, it gives people a chance to make rumors and infrences about him. Tom Robinson cant do anything about his judgement, for people dont take time to understand him, they just panic and hate him unfairly. Dolphus Raymond extended some of the rumors about himself, for he undrstands the town mentality and creates drama about himself. Stereotyping in the book is a good example of stererotyping today.
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