• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I believe that the theme of prejudice dominates more in To Kill a Mockingbird than in Pride and Prejudice.

Extracts from this document...


I believe that the theme of prejudice dominates more in To Kill a Mockingbird than in Pride and Prejudice The novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is more about judging people from first impressions whist To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story of racial prejudice, sexism and many other types of prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird is a story of prejudice. It was first published in 1960. Harper Lee the author plays the little girl Scout in the story. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a small town called Maycombe in Alabama in the southern part of America. It is set in 1933-1935 but was written in the late 1950's. The story is about a man named Atticus Finch who is trying to push his society out of loneliness and also trying to make them recognize that black people are also humans who deserve the same rights as white people. The title of the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a key to some themes in the story. It is first explained in chapter 10 page 99 when Scout and Jem receive air rifles for Christmas. Atticus tells his children, "it's a sin To Kill a Mockingbird". Later miss Maudie explains to the children what Atticus means: mockingbirds re harmless creatures who do nothing but sing their hearts out for us so it is very wrong to harm them. ...read more.


When Jem was nearly 13 he had his arm badly broken. Once it had healed it never bothered him again. It all happened one summer when Jem and Scout tried to get Boo to come out of his house. Most of the neighbourhood believed the Radley house was haunted. The only person ever seen going into the house was Nathan Radley Boo's older brother. After the summer holiday's school started as normal. There was a Halloween play at the school. Scout was playing the role of a walking talking piece of ham. After the place Scout waited until everyone had left with Jem then they both started for home. It was dark and Scout could not see much because of her costume but she could hear some was following them. They both started running and suddenly some grabbed Scout and she fell. Scout got up and they both started to run home. This time Scout heard Jem fall backwards to the ground. A sound came and Jem screamed. As Scout ran towards Jem she was grabbed and her breath was slowly squeezed out of her. Suddenly the attacker went back and fell. Scout heard someone's heavy breathing and coughing. This someone picked Jem up and took him home. They found out that it was Boo Radley who took Jem home. This is what made Boo become noticed and forgiven. Although most reader's thing To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about racial prejudice, you will notice that the mockingbird theme does not only apply to victims of this form of discrimination. ...read more.


After several meeting with Elizabeth Darcy's first impression is completely changes and he sees in Elizabeth a good friend. It is his careful judgement, which tempers him such that he is able to recognize in Elizabeth a worthy wife and a friend despite her social standing. Unfortunately Elizabeth displays little of her careful judgement with regard to Darcy. When Elizabeth meets Wickham she is immediately won over by his charm and good looks. Later Elizabeth's dislike for Darcy is overturned and after Lydia's engagement they reveal their affection for each other and are joined in a joyful union. Jane's common sense is revealed. Jane has completely hidden her affection for Bingley beneath her careful judgment and distance but is crushes and thinks marriage is impossible. It is only after Elizabeth has revealed to Darcy her sisters feelings that Jane realises her own fault in his leaving her. "He loved me, and nothing but a persuasion of my being indifferent would have prevented him coming down again". Jane's excess of common sense and caution would have ruined her lasting happiness if Elizabeth had not revealed her affection. In Jane and Bingley's relationship Jane Austen provides a counter point to Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship by showing that an excess amount of careful judgment and caution can so much affection such that with so little encouragement offered prospects of lasting happiness can be endangered and lost. Through their two contrasting relationships, Jane Austen has drawn the fine line between too much of careful judgement because prejudice approaches. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. Free essay

    Pride and Prejudice

    This links to relationships through the fact that Mr Darcy is alone in life and doesn't seem to care, where as Mr Bingley would like to get married and is looking for a woman, more specifically Jane. It is also shown that he is proud when he gives his reason

  2. How far does the theme of prejudice dominate the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by ...

    Although they retained their respectability, some of these jobs were unpleasant and degrading, for the women were always in a vulnerable situation. They could always be easy prey for men in the families for which they worked. Therefore, the best way for a women to avoid all these pitfalls was to marry well.

  1. Portrayal of Marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    After Bingley's engagement to Jane, Lady Catherine visits the Bennets unexpectedly. She walks in uninvited and is very rude. She asks to speak to Elizabeth in private and they walk out to a copse in the park to talk. Lady Catherine says she has come because she has heard rumours

  2. Discuss Jane Austen's treatment of the theme of marriage in Pride and Prejudice.

    "and with the Bingley's they both of them frequently stayed so long, that even Bingley's good humour was overcome." Lydia and Wickham's relationship was just an initial sexual attraction and infatuation that was forced to become a marriage. Lady Catherine de Bourgh represents the view that marriage is about "great" families joining up estates and containing wealth.

  1. Pride and Prejudice

    Take for example when she sends Jane, the eldest daughter, to Netherfield, on horseback in the pouring rain, in the hope of her catching a cold and having to stay for a long period of time, for "as long as she stays there, all is well."

  2. Pride and Prejudice

    While Mrs. Bennet has little value for Elizabeth's intelligence and wit: "Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia", Mr.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    This is of course a lie as we know that Mr Collins singled Jane out first but after speaking to Mrs Bennett who made aware to Mr Collins the fact that Jane 'was likely to be very soon engaged' therefore Mr Collins 'had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth

  2. An analytical commentary on Pride and Prejudice (emphasis: Chapter VI, pp. 21-23)

    only remaining things should be tangible assets and the woman's ability to fix her man properly. Society seems to demand its members' full disclosure (Charlotte speaks of 'imposing' on society by not allowing affections to be public knowledge), and by refusing, Charlotte argues that Jane is endangering her chances of marriage.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work