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To kill a Mocking Bird could be considered a reliable and unexaggerated portrait of southern American's prejudice.

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Prejudice in TKAMB (VERSION 1) To kill a Mocking Bird could be considered a reliable and unexaggerated portrait of southern American�s prejudice because the author Harper Lee based Maycomb the setting for the book and the character Atticus. On the real place and people. Monroeville and Harper Lee�s farther who was a lawyer. Monroeville was also Harper Lee�s hometown and this gave her reasons to know the socity as deeply as she does. The people of Monroeville and other places in the South America recognised themselves and the part that they played in the society in the book, this illustrates the connection between the society in the 1930 and the fictional narrative. Having the book so accurate, the author can then hit the reader with more impact and can express her views on prejudice and discrimination with stronger force and more focus. The book investigates many types of prejudice. One is the hatred and fear towards the blacks and the violence between them that could break out at any time, for example the lynch mob. The lynch mob were a group of men that threatened to take the law in their own hands and got together to kill Tom Robinson before his trial. It shows the underground violence that surfaces before the rape case starts. ...read more.

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The segregation is shown here when scout and Jem arrive at the church as the crowds� part to let them through first. The blacks are also segregated in the courtroom as they sit in the balcony further away from the court scene. It portrays to the reader how the prejudice is clearly shown in society. This is how it would have been in southern America in the 1930�s. When Scout asks if she may visit Calpurnia, her Aunt rules it out with out an explanation but by saying 'You may not�. This implies that Aunt Alexandra is prejudice towards Calpurnia and that her shortness and the tone that she projects to the reader suggests this. There is also gender prejudice in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird�, for example Scout has to wear a dress to school and has to be accompany the ladies of Maycomb for their weekly gathering. However, Jem does not have to accompany them. The appearance of females is one particular view that Harper Lee projected to me as the reader. This is because the women all have the same nail varnish and all have well kept appearances. The females are all very feminine and stereotypical and never question their roles. Prejudice is spread out and you cannot escape it, it is all around you, and you would always be a victim of some kind of prejudice. ...read more.

Conclusion

The book is an education in prejudice, Scout and Jem start with not recognising prejudice at the beginning of the book and then learning about prejudiced people in community that they live in. They the learn how to deal with and occasionally combat it for example, when Miss Maudie and scout manage to deflect criticism away from Atticus and pay Mrs Merriwether back at the missionary tea. The book also teaches the reader empathy by showing how Scout and Jem are taught it. Atticus through out the book teaches it to his children and says 'you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them� this is what Atticus imply to his children, it is a good moral to live by. The book also educates the reader as well as showing the children being educated. The reader has to stop and rethink back to the beginning of the book when Jem�s arm broke to understand the connections of how in community of Maycomb could be so narrow minded and how someone could attack another�s children. The reader also reconsiders why Boo Radley never wanted to come out, giving you a different perspective to wards the book and the inhabitants of Maycomb. By writing the book, the author raises awareness of the prejudice that is in Southern America. ...read more.

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