Racial Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A White World “The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.” -Atticus Finch In the Story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the biggest themes in the story is racial prejudice. a boy named Dill arrives in the small town of maycomb. Soon Scout, the protagonist, goes to school. Halfway through the book, Atticus, Scout’s father, is forced to defend Tom Robinson, a black person convicted with raping Mayella Ewell. After people tease him, Scout, and Jem, Scout’s brother, for several months, the time for the trial begins. After a debate won by Atticus, the Jury votes. Despite Atticus’s hard evidence, and the Ewell’s unproven evidence, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of executing Tom Robinson, and this has a tremendous effect on the children. This is an effect of Racial prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.…show more content…
Once this happens, several problems appear. Soon the children at school begin throwing insults at Scout and Jem, calling them “ n*gger lovers”. While Jem was able to successfully resist the urge to get into a fight, Scout fell to the temptation and started fights with several people, including her cousin. The adults were no better. Despite atticus’s best attempts to please them, they continue to treat them with hostilities. The tensions from the trials will only raise, and the only people not rude to the Finches are Ms. Maudie and the black
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