To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee shows prejudice towards a young black man called Tom Robinson who was wrongly accused of raping a young white girl called Mayella Ewell. One of the main antagonists, Atticus Finch, defends Tom in court but due to how racist the white community are he is found guilty even though he is innocent. People’s social prejudice also spreads to other places in the town such as with the kids at primary school. In To Kill A Mockingbird Lee emphasises the social prejudice of the town that the story is set in, which is Maycomb. The story is seen through Scout Finch as her own experiences of different social and racial prejudices. When Scout was at school she gets into trouble for explaining to the teacher why Walter Cunningham has no lunch money. “He didn’t forget his lunch money, he didn’t have any today nor would he have any tomorrow or the next day”. This statement by Scout shows that not everyone in the world is equal financially and that other people are not as well off as others. This also shows that not everyone respects that people aren’t all rich. …show more content…
This further shows people’s prejudice not just against the black community but also against anyone who doesn’t have the same views as them. “She is white and she temped a Negro. She did what in our society is unspeakable. This shows that the entire community has similar views about the black community and how when they don’t share the same views as them they are looked down on. To Kill a Mockingbird overall explores the racial and social prejudices in the small town of Maycomb and shows that not everyone can be equal in a town where the white community gave themselves the title of being superior and explores how this is challenged by only very few people who decide that it is not up to them to decide who is
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.
Scout's perception of prejudice is evolved through countless experiences in Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird. Written in the nineteen thirties, To Kill a Mockingbird promotes the understanding of self-discovery through Scout, an intelligent and outspoken child living with respectable family in Maycomb County, Alabama. Throughout various encounters in the novel, Harper Lee causes Scout's perspective to change and develop from innocence to awareness and eventually towards understanding.
Three students kicked out of a high school for threatening to bring a gun to school. Why would they? Because people were prejudice against them because other students thought they were “losers”. Moral: You shouldn’t not like a person because they aren’t like you. Prejudice was far much worse in the time period of To Kill A Mockingbird. But, Prejudice is the reason for much social injustice. Three characters named Nathan Radley, Atticus Finch, and Aunt Alexandria show us this in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a heroic tale of leadership and courage during racial times. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus, To, Jem and Scout are unfortunately exposed to a really racist and prejudice society and town. Which ends up causing them to lose a case and really confuse Jem and Scout when they are young. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird it uses characterization to help show a theme which is loss of innocence when people are exposed to surprising and unfair situations.
“Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudice; you’re taught it” –Charles R Swindoll. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a young girl named Scout who lives in a world filled with prejudice. There are many instances and types of prejudice in the novel. A man named Tom Robinson was convicted for doing a crime he never did because of the color of his skin. To this day, Tom would have never been tried because the evidence assuredly shows he is not guilty. One only becomes prejudice if you are taught it from other prejudice people. Harper Lee shows this idea throughout her novel through her characters, dialogue and theme.
Discrimination and Prejudice in Killing A Mocking Bird Discrimination and prejudice were very common acts in the early and middle 1900's. Prejudice in this book is displayed by the acts of hate and misunderstanding because of someone's color. People of color were the majority that were treated unfairly. During this time in the southern states, black people had to use separate bathrooms, drinking fountains, sections in restaurants, churches, and even go to separate schools. Although much of the discrimination was directed towards blacks, there were plenty of accounts towards impoverished families by those that had money.
Growing up in a prejudiced environment can cause individuals to develop biased views in regard to both gender and class. This is true in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, where such prejudices are prevalent in the way of life of 1930s Maycomb, Alabama. The novel is centered around the trial of a black man who is accused of raping a white woman. The narrator, a young girl named Scout, is able to get a close up view of the trial because her father is defending Tom Robinson, the defendant. The aura of the town divided by the trial reveals certain people's’ prejudices to Scout, giving her a better perspective of her world. Throughout the story, Aunt Alexandra’s behaviors indirectly teach Scout that prejudice is a disease with deep and far reaching roots.
The theme of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird is the existence of racism and prejudice in the 1930 – 40's. Harper Lee succeeds in presenting the topic in a manner that is not overly simplistic and thus achieves the task of allowing the reader to fully appreciate the complex nature of unjust discrimination. Harper Lee's inclusion of characters such as Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Dolphus Raymond and many others, aid the reader to grasp the concept of racism and its central role in the town of Maycomb.
Everyone just wants a fair chance and to be treated equally, but in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee that isn't always the case. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is about a little girl named Scout, Growing up in the town of Maycomb in Maycomb county and the many ups and downs of being the town lawyers daughter. She's growing up and living in a town where people are treated differently based upon their status in the town and not based on who they are as people.
Many of the people in Maycomb have some bit of racism coursing through their veins at any given time. Contributing factors to this epidemic are the ongoing rumors and assumptions of African Americans during this time period, but the main factor is the mindset of the people raised in Maycomb. Aunt Alexandra is one of the many people plagued by this fault in society. Despite her respected status in Maycomb she struggles with character flaws involving racial and social prejudice.
The story "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee teaches the reader life lessons about how prejudice is blinding. The novel tells a tale set in the early 1930s of a black man wrongly accused of a crime and he later dies because of it. This story includes injustice, racism, white supremacy, and persecution.
n the novel “ To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee gives many examples of prejudice throughout the entire story, Scout, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond, and many other characters are stereotyped or prejudiced throughout the story. Atticus Finch has two kids names Scout and Jem, they live in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb. This takes place during the great depression so a lot of people are poor, but Atticus is a lawyer who gets a very important case. African Americans were all prejudiced because the color of their skin, Tom Robinson was also prejudiced because he was African American, Some white people were prejudiced also because Black people thought they did not belong with them.
The town of Maycomb has a “usual disease.” Atticus says in chapter 9, “You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand… I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town. I hope they trust me enough…” So what is the usual disease? And what does it have to do with eliminating prejudice?
"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones"- Charlotte Brontë. Nearly every problem and unfortunate mishap in Harper Lee's, To Kill A Mockingbird, has been somehow revolved around prejudice or discrimination. Many different forms of prejudice are found throughout the novel, with racism, sexism, and classicism the most common. The residents of Maycomb have discrimination running through their veins and were raised to be racist and sexist, without realizing. They see nothing wrong with judging other people and treating people that they find inferior harshly. Prejudice is a destructive force because it separates the people of Maycomb, both physically and mentally.