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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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