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Prejudice in "TO kill a Mocking Bird"

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Prejudice in "TO kill a Mocking Bird" Harry Bowden To kill a Mocking Bird is set in a small town (Maycomb) in Alabama in the southern states of America. Although it is a fictitious town it is based on Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville. To Kill a Mocking Bird is a very reliable novel to show the amount of prejudice in the southern states of America after the Civil War where the whites in the south, largely viewed the blacks as ill educated, with low morals, hardly human at all. Blacks remained segregated from the whites until the second half of the20th century. This novel emphasizes the hatred between the two races and Harper Lee is definitely someone who can account for this after having lived in this poverty. The author is able to give her own views on the topic of racial prejudice and can also speak from experience after having lived in this sort of environment. In the novel, prejudice and discrimination are arguably the two most prominent themes. It is directed towards groups and individuals in the Macomb community. Prejudice is linked with ideas of fear, superstition and injustice. ...read more.

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Mayella for example the woman who Tom Robinson has supposedly raped only carries on with the court case because Tom is black and knows that he will go down for it although he has sufficient evidence that it is innocent because of his crippled left hand. These are false allegations and her actions are completely prejudiced and unfair. When Tom said in the trial that he felt sorry for Mayella (a crime worse than rape in the jury's eyes) - the lowest class showing superiority for a class above themselves. The white community was frightened for their own position in society; the only reason Tom was found guilty was to maintain the traditional hierarchies. Mrs. Merriweather also shows prejudice. She insults Atticus as a misguided person. When she says 'I tell you there are some good but misguided people in this town. She later goes on to say, "Folks in this town who think they are doing right, I mean. Now to far be it for me to say who" This shows Mrs. Merriweather's character and how two faced she is. When Mrs. Merriweather insults Atticus in front of Scout, it shows how self-content she is. ...read more.

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you will be able to see their point of view and thus there will be an understanding and tolerance thus no prejudice. Atticus does this with Mrs. Dubose and Mr. Ewell and as the children mature, they learn to do this with various characters, such as Dolphus Raymond and Boo Radley. The book in helping us to understand prejudice and Scout and Jem start with not recognizing prejudice at the start of the book and then seem to learn about the prejudice in the community that they live in and the kind of people these are. This is almost the same as us, as the novel progresses as well as Scout and Jem's knowledge and understanding of the prejudice so does ours. Overall this book is very good at making us more aware of the prejudice and discrimination that was around in the southern states of America after the Civil War and is also a great read helping us to understand what the black people of this time really went through or at least gives a better understanding. The novel has so many different opinions and that is important so that you can understand other peoples points of view and to the extent of prejudice. ...read more.

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