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prejudice leads to injustice

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Prejudice leads to injustice
Throughout this classic piece of literature written by Harper Lee, injustice and prejudice acts by the townspeople are the main focal points of the story with many examples present in the novel. Boo Radley, Atticus, and Tom Robinson are all examples of prejudice and superstition that leads to injustice. Boo Radley is the main example of superstition and Tom Robinson is the main example of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Boo Radley is the subject of both prejudice and superstitious beliefs made by the people of Maycomb. Rumors of Boo's nightly activities have turned him into an idol of gossip and a man who is feared throughout Maycomb. He has acquired a very scary nickname, a reputation for violent and perverse traits, and most of the town avoids the Old Radley House like a disease. Aside from the fear of the unknown that haunts many of the people in Maycomb, there are many superstitions that are observed by both children and adults. Many of the people say he got in trouble with the law when he was younger, and his father imprisoned him in the house as punishment for his wrong doings. He was supposedly imprisoned for fifteen years, until it was said that he had stabbed his father with a pair of scissors. 
The pecans dropped from the tree in their yard are rumored to be poisoned by Boo Radley; the children never eat them when they fall into the schoolyard. It was said that he could only come out of his house at night, and Miss Stephanie Crawford said that she saw him looking in through her window one night. Any small mishap or issue was always blamed on Boo, such as the azaleas freezing in a cold snap. When the crazy Addie killed the household pets at night, they blamed it all on Boo. The children...

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...l Dill, after all he’s just a Negro” (Lee 199). In Maycomb, people are treated very differently based purely on their color, and economic status.
To conclude my essay Harper Lee uses the time and setting to exemplify the horrible effects of prejudice through Atticus, Boo and Tom. Boo is thought to be a monster by the people of Maycomb but ends up being a very caring shy young man not a monster. Throughout the novel Atticus Finch is discriminated by the townspeople of Maycomb for doing what is right and standing up for Tom Robinson who is innocent. Tom Robinson experiences so much racism that by the time he steps in to the courtroom he is a dead man. This classic piece of literature is an epic novel that exemplifies and pints out the horrible effects of prejudice and injustice on people and how these two key matters lead to injustice and in some cases destruction.
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