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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay on Prejudice

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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay on Prejudice In today's society men, women and children experience prejudice in their lives, either as victims themselves or being guilty of using prejudice towards others due to differences between them. Prejudice is a preconception of a person based on stereotypes without real facts and discrimination based on gender, age and skin colour. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee isolates characters and depicts ways prejudice is used. She also demonstrates the evils of prejudice and the negative consequences that lie in the city of Maycomb. By taking the reader, step by step, through various real life situations, and analyzing the impact of prejudice on people's lives, she manages to go to the root of the problem in attempting to eliminate prejudice. In To Kill a mockingbird, Lee depicts the ways of how prejudice is demonstrated based on discrimination by gender, age and skin colour. These different types of prejudice are illustrated in the book and show how awful it is to judge others on these grounds. All men and women are created equal and have the same rights. Prejudice against gender lurks in the city of Maycomb. Mrs. Maudie experiences this unfairness in the novel due to the fact that she is a woman. "Miss Maudie can't be on a jury because she's a woman" (Lee 221) ...read more.

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This is quite peculiar because in Maycomb County, blacks and whites are separated and whites usually despise colored folks. Atticus suffers many vigorous consequences by some of the townspeople. "Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (Lee 217) Mr. Ewell spat in Atticus' face, a disgusting and offensive thing to do. In the reader's mind one thinks of what a cruel demeaning act this is. Why do such a thing just because a white man is defending a black man for a good cause? There is no point of behaving that way. Not only did Mr. Ewell spit on Atticus' face but he claimed he will seek revenge as long as he lives. As the residents of Maycomb were informed of how Atticus was dedicated in freeing Tom Robinson, they lost respect for him and started bad mouthing him and calling him a "n****r lover". A simple act of prejudice like that can have such an impact on people. The penalty that Atticus suffered for this great courageous act of kindness, emanating from the bottom of his heart, resulted in a fierce act of hatred from ignorant residents in the County. Atticus was a very strong ambassador of peace and justice, stood on his ground, retained his faith in equality for all and didn't let any of the bad gossips going around town affect him in any way. ...read more.

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She realized that Boo was represented by a mockingbird and she was the so called hunter. Now Scout has grown up and matured and she followed after the footsteps of her dad and managed to get rid of the evil assumptions towards Boo Radley. Harper Lee through the portrayal of these major characters has shown us how they realized that prejudice in Maycomb County existed and how they all managed to isolate prejudice from their lives and eliminate it in an understanding manner. Prejudice is an evil assumption made about a person due to differences in age, gender, and race. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, through the portrayal of various characters, depicts the uses, causes and negative consequences of prejudice. Lee strips the book right down to the bare wire and exposes the problems of prejudice and measures taken by the characters to eliminate the evils of prejudice. "You'll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash...don't fool yourselves - it's all adding up and one of these days we're going to pay the bill for it." (Lee 220-221). Prejudice is atrocious and one must strive to eliminate it at all cost from the face of this world in order to achieve real freedom, justice and peace! ...read more.

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