Prejudice In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

analytical Essay
611 words
611 words

The prejudices present in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, display the views of the Old South. Defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a prejudice is an adverse opinion formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge. A significant prejudice present is sexism against women. The segregation of social classes is also exhibited in the novel. Most importantly, racism plays a dominant role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although very common in the South, the prejudices displayed are morally wrong.

One important prejudice present is sexism against women. For example, Scout is criticized for her tom-boy ways. Aunt Alexandra is always nagging Scout about her beloved overalls. Scout finds the dresses she is expected to wear ugly and uncomfortable. She would rather hang out with Jem and Dill than stay inside with her aunt. Another example of sexism is the mistreatment of Mayella Ewell. Bob Ewell expects her to stay home and watch the children while he is away hunting or drinking. Mayella makes comments implying that her father sexually abuses her. Even Tom Robinson s...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the prejudices present in to kill a mockingbird display the views of the old south, such as sexism against women and segregation of social classes.
  • Analyzes sexism against women, such as scout being criticized for her tom-boy ways, aunt alexandra nagging her about her beloved overalls, and mayella ewell's mistreatment.
  • Explains the segregation of social classes in maycomb. the cunninghams, ewells and negroes are disgraced.
  • Analyzes how atticus defends tom robinson in to kill a mockingbird to protect his word and honor.
  • Analyzes how prejudices in to kill a mockingbird show the views of many people in the south, including sexism against women and the separation of the four social classes.
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