How Does Miss Maudie Use Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, racism and prejudice were prevalent themes. Colored people were forced to go to a colored church, they had a colored neighborhood, and they couldn’t work in a non-colored industry. They also had less privileges. For example, they had less funds and less opportunity for learning. “‘Cal,’ I whispered, “where are the hymn-books?’ ‘We don’t have any,’ she said” (chapter 12) Not only did they have enough funds for hymn-books in their church, most probably didn’t even know how to read so there was no reason for them to have books or bibles, only the pastor and worship leaders were able to get them. Their school system was just as bad as their church system, not only were there few teachers, but there were…show more content…
In the 1930’s people were holding protests and speaking out for themselves, however in the 1960’s there was less. In this occasion, Miss Maudie does not believe that Tom Robinson should be convicted, especially on trial for life. Even though she knows that she can do nothing about it. “‘You goin’ to court this morning?’ asked Jem. ‘I am not, ‘t’s morbid watching a poor devil on trial for his life. look at all those folks, it’s like a Roman carnival.’ ‘They hafta try him in public, Miss Maudie,’ I said, ‘Wouldn’t be right if they didn’t.’ ‘I’m quite aware of that,’ she said, ‘Just because it’s public, I don’t have to go, do I?”(pg. Although Miss Maudie did not like the trial and also did not agree with the people, she thought that there was nothing that she could do, so instead of speaking out and getting some more people to realize what was happening, she stayed quiet and only told Jem and Scout that she didn’t agree. In the picture you can tell that the colored people were still being oppressed and did not have the best education or school system because one of the signs says, “Integrated Schools NOW!” and also, “DEMAND an end to bias NOW!” which shows that white people were still not giving them the right that they deserved and that their school system and education were most definitely not at their

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