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"You haven't even seen this town, but all you gotta do is step inside the courthouse." (Dolphus Raymond) Explore the ways in which the Tom Robinson case shows the prejudices of Maycomb Society.

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"You haven't even seen this town, but all you gotta do is step inside the courthouse." (Dolphus Raymond) Explore the ways in which the Tom Robinson case shows the prejudices of Maycomb Society. Prejudice- preconceived opinion, bias or partiality, intolerance or discrimination against a person or group on account of race, religion or gender. Racial prejudice consumed the mob (pg 166), which wished to prevent Tom even gaining a court hearing, the most basic form of justice. This is probably the fiercest form of prejudice in the novel, concerning the court case Chapter 16, leading up to the court case contains various examples of racial discrimination, through stereotyping and general opinion. She waited until Calpurnia was in the kitchen, then she said, 'Don't talk like that infront of them.' The quotation above on page 162, follows after a discussion about Mr Underwood who 'despises Negroes' and 'won't have one near him.' This shows an example of Aunt Alexandra's feelings towards Negroes being the reader we are aware Calpurnia has been a loyal servant to the Finch family for many years. ...read more.

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Look at all those folks, it's like a Roman Carnival." The quotation taken from page 165, is a response from Miss Maudie when asked if she is going to attend court by Jem. The reply gives her view on the people in Maycomb attending the courthouse; for sheer pleasure and interest not out of care or duty in effect a prejudice from Miss Maudie, about the rest of Maycomb. She knows Tom Robinson stands little chance in the case and the statement shows that she doesn't agree with the gathering to the courthouse. Continuing through the chapter, page 166 features a description of the gathering in the courthouse square. 'In the far corner of the square, the negroes sat quietly in the sun...Mr Dolphus Raymond sat with them.' The quotation talks of the negroes being separate from the whites giving the impression of inequality as it talks of the them sitting 'in the far corner of the square' isolated and away from the rest of Maycomb. ...read more.

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One of the most obvious forms of prejudice and discrimination shown in the courtroom, is that the blacks were having to wait for the white people to enter the court room before hand. This being stereotypical and unfair, the books also tells us that they sit separately also baking up my point. We also see forms of prejudice when Mr Ewell testifies, 'I seen that black nigger yonder, ruttin' on my Mayella!' referring to him as 'nigger' shows his lack of respect and biased attitude towards him for being coloured. 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. Yet another form of prejudice in the book for this reason. Tom Robinson�s hearing was thus not only racial, but also class and gender prejudice entered into it. ...read more.

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