Effect Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Introduction: To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic novel, written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. The story takes place in the 1930’s during the great depression when the worldwide economy is crippled and is set in an imaginary town called Maycomb County. Prejudice is a theme that is exemplified through characters actions that are based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors. Prejudice is a strong theme in To Kill A Mockingbird and is found in the way the towns people judge Atticus, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Atticus is a character that was affected by the dehumanizing effect of prejudice. Atticus is almost in his fifties and is affected by the old age making him unable to do things that the young fathers of Scout’s friends can do. Prejudice is shown as Scout instantly jumped to a conclusion that her father was dull before asking her father about his unique abilities or getting facts straight. Later on in the story she learns that her father is nicknamed Dead shot due to his amazing aim with a gun. Another reason why Atticus was affected by Prejudice is when he is called a “nigger lover” for defending Tom Robinson. Bob Ewells also said “What kind of man are you!” when he finds out Atticus…show more content…
At the beginning of the book, it says Tom Robinson is a black man and is accused of Raping Mayella Ewells, the daughter of Bob Ewells. Knowing this story isn’t true, Bob Ewells tries to sound convincing that he saw Tom raping his daughter “I see that black nigger ruttin’ on my Mayella” (173). Atticus tries to defend Tom by giving facts that reveal his innocence to almost everyone in Maycomb, Jem, Scout and Dill. Sadly the judges only had white people who believe the black man did it without looking at the facts in front of them or considering another choice. In Maycomb people are separated and treated very differently purely based on their skin color or economic status without actually knowing the
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