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To Kill A Mockingbird Racial Prejudice Essay.

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S3 To Kill A Mockingbird Racial Prejudice Essay The Pulitzer Prize winning 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is a memorable and poignant novel. It is based on a young girl's view of the events that occur in her town during the time her father is appointed to defend a black man accused of the rape of a white girl. The book is split into two parts, the first deals with setting, development and the introduction of characters as well as Scout's thoughts about them. The second part of the novel is based on the drama that occurs just before and during the trial and the events afterwards that involve a drunken Bob Ewell and a shy but heroic Arthur 'Boo' Radley. The story is based in Maycomb, Alabama in the deep south of the United States during the depression when money was short and racial prejudice was very common. The most predominant theme of this novel is racial prejudice and there are many references to this in the novel, including the trial of Tom Robinson. ...read more.

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Attempting to lynch Tom Robinson is another example of the vast degree of prejudice back in the thirties. Although the black people have taken much abuse, only one of them has fought back. Lula, a black woman, is probably the only person in Maycomb who would try to prevent Scout and Jem from going to the black church with Calpurnia. She asks 'I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to nigger church' and states 'they got their church we got our'n'. With this Harper Lee has skilfully shown that the white people are not the only people with racist views and that racism can go in two directions, not just one. The trial is the most significant and unforgettable event in the novel and shows the extent of racism in the Southern United States at the time. Under normal circumstances the case should never have even come to trial, as there was no medical evidence that Mayella Ewell was raped. However due to Tom Robinson's origin, the case is given the go ahead. ...read more.

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Also Mayella Ewell contradicts herself by changing 'I did not, I certainly did not' to 'I mighta', another piece of evidence to prove Tom's innocence. Despite all the evidence and Atticus' best efforts, Tom is still convicted Tom is still convicted by a jury of white men. This shows that there is little equality in the courts between a white man and a black man, even if the black man has a better reputation. After his conviction Tom makes a final effort to escape and is shot seventeen times, when any white man would rarely have been shot more than once. This shows extremely well that even people who are meant to protect can be influenced by the colour of someone's skin. To sum up, this novel is superbly written and puts across the point of racial prejudice with great skill by showing some of the differences between black and white lifestyles and how prejudice is passed through the generations. The book shows in a memorable way how black people are never thought of as equal to white people, even in courts, where all men are meant to be equal. Michael F Hutchison ...read more.

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