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The forms of prejudice encountered in the novel and ways that Harper Lee makes her views shown. Prejudice is the fixed opinion of a person or thing. The novel To Kill A Mocking Bird's main message to readers i

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The forms of prejudice encountered in the novel and ways that Harper Lee makes her views shown. Prejudice is the fixed opinion of a person or thing. The novel To Kill A Mocking Bird's main message to readers is not to treat other races, such as blacks, differently. There are 3 main types of prejudice: racial prejudice, social prejudice and religious prejudice. Maycomb is a 'tired old town', where the poverty and lack of outside influence causes prejudice. The intolerance and narrow-mindedness of the racism in Maycomb is not a very good thing to have in a small community where all people should stick together. Maycomb town is described well in chapter 1 as it tells us why the people are so intolerant: "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town." The image of the word tired emphasises the lack of enthusiasm, about everything, the people of Maycomb have. ...read more.

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The society sees church as a pastime and therefore pleasurable, Mr Radley does not attend church. The community seeing church as a pastime reflects their inward views and their narrow mindedness. Maycomb is a very religious town with religion appearing to have a strong influence on the community. Their religion (probable Baptist) has very strict views and believes that anything that is pleasant is a sin. They are therefore prejudiced against a great deal of people who are different from them with different opinions. An example of their prejudice is when Miss Maudie says, "some of 'em came out of the woods one Saturday and passed by this place and told me and my flowers we were going to hell?" Their belief is so extreme they feel they should threaten those who are different. Scout is shocked by this as she thinks Miss Maudie is the 'best lady' she knows. ...read more.

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She is faced with Mr. Cunningham, who represents the 'bad' side. When she starts talking to him, like he is not opposing all that Atticus believes right, Mr Cunningham sees what he is doing and retreats his mob. The novel shows that the treatment towards blacks in the community was wrong and should never happen again, some example are above. By judging people before you know them is a good way of loosing friends, the jurymen judged whether the person was guilty or not based on their race and colour and the novel shows the racial divisions in society between black and white people and how blacks are shown as inferior. I think that Harper Lee dislikes prejudice very much, but knows what it can do to people. From reading 'To Kill A Mockingbird' I can only guess that Harper Lee has had some experience with prejudice of different forms, and that she was the onlooker, as Scout was in the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kasia LakusMarek Page 1 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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