Prejudicial issues in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Harper Lee's ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ explores the prejudicial issues which plague over the town Maycomb. Harper Lee uses the trial of Tom Robinson a black man accused of rape on a young white girl, Mayella as a central theme to portray the prominence of racial discrimination in Maycomb. The racial prejudice is also widely shown through the characterisation of Atticus. Having Scout as the narrator allows Harper Lee to highlight the gender inequity through a youthful unbiased perspective. The chauvinistic attitudes and prejudiced views of most of the town’s folk leaves Maycombs social hierarchy in an unfair order, victimising many of the town’s people due to their socially non-conforming habits some ‘socially unaccepted people’ including Boo Radely and the Cunninghams.
Harper lee demonstrates Maycombs racial inequity through Tom Robinson's trial and the characterisation of Atticus. "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit’em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird”. (10.119) The unjust tainting of the justice system unfairly plagued against Tom Robinson’s trial. Harper lee explores how the skin colour of a person in Maycomb 1930s had the power to immensely disadvantage someone from being innocent to guilty. Even Atticus, Maycombs well respected exceptional lawyer, couldn’t successfully serve Tom Robinson Justice. Atticus suffered much criticism for wanting to help a black man have a chance at justice which violat...

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...allow Scout to interact with Walter Cunningham due to is low status in Maycombs set social hierarchy. This causes Scout to question many of the town’s unfair ideas. Harper lee highlights the social inequity through the unfair portrayal of Boo Radely and made up social hierarchy due to people's backgrounds and socially unaccepted behaviours.

In to Kill a Mockingbird, Maycombs prejudice is highlighted through Tom Robinsons trial, Scouts narration and peoples characterisations. The verdict and attitude towards Tom Robinson’s trial evidently shows the racial prejudice present in Maycomb. The unfair judgment falsely put upon Boo Radely, shows Maycombs strict social boundaries are always carelessly accepted as true. Maycombs gender inequity is established through Scouts narration. These elements allowed Harper to distinctly reveal the prejudice that surrounded Maycomb.
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