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Our Greatest Evil - Prejudice.

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Introduction

Jessica Our Greatest Evil TKAMB Essay Draft #1 March Prejudice is just one of the many forms of evil found in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Prejudice is found everywhere, in the workplace, on the street, at school, everywhere. The novel takes place in a small town called Maycomb. The town is full of citizens who love to gossip and people who discriminate against others. The discrimination is not only against those of colour, but those of lower lass as well. They are most commonly found during the trial of Tom Robinson. Harper Lee presents prejudice as an extensive problem, most commonly in the form of social class, race, and behavior prejudice. A type of prejudice found in the novel To Kill A Mocking Bird would be social class. For example, the Ewell family is considered 'white trash'. Mr. Ewell is someone "who will never change his ways," (31) and will always be considered this way because of several reasons. Mr. Bob Ewell is a part of this WPA organization, a type of welfare program. Because he is the very first person to be kicked out of this program because of his laziness, it shows how much of a lower class he really is, and he is constantly bothered because of this. ...read more.

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Scout and Jem have grown up with Cal, and she has acted like a member in the white community. When the kids go to church with Cal, they discover she has two sides to her. She both talks and acts differently. When Scout and Jem confront her about this, she states: "Suppose you and Scout talked coloured-folks' talk at home it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white folks' talk at church, with my neighbors? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses." "But Cal you know better." I <Scout> said. "It's not necessary to tell all you know..." (126) If Cal doesn't act a certain way with her fellow peers, she will be discriminated against. Also, regarding Calpurnia, throughout this novel, she works for the Filch family, acting as a nanny and a mother towards the children. One can see this novel takes place during a time where colored were inferior, and racial prejudice was obviously very prominent. Mentioned momentarily in this novel is Hitler, and he too can be used as an example of racial prejudice. During this time, Hitler was terrorizing Jews simply because they were Jews. ...read more.

Conclusion

His father entered the room. As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities." (11) Because Boo never made the effort to interact with the town, everyone assumed he was mentally ill. We later learn that not only did he donate his blanket in a time of need; he left little gifts for Jem and Scout, which shows the reader that Boo is actually a caring and kind individual, thus proving he is not the person the community makes him out to be. As a result, behavior prejudice is found often in To Kill A Mockingbird. In conclusion, this novel contained three main forms of prejudice; social, race, and behavior. The story is greatly affected by these topics, and contributes to the outcome of each conflict. Bigotry has disordered and changed the lives of many characters in To Kill A Mockingbird. The mindset of others concerning prejudice destroyed the community. The whole town of Maycomb is based on stereotypes that are passed on from generation to generation. One can call it racism, prejudice, narrow-mindedness or bigotry. No matter what one calls it, it's wrong. If one can get past these backward ways of prejudice, we as a society may be able to live without the guilt of making others feel inferior. ...read more.

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