Emma McIntyre English Essay - To Kill A Mockingbird
How Is The Theme Of Prejudice Represented in Harper Lee's Novel '"To Kill A Mockingbird?"
Harper Lee's bildungsroman novel" To Kill a Mockingbird" reveals the heinous acts that people inflict on others, due to the holding of preconceived ideas and suggests that rampant prejudice destabilises social cohesion and irreconcilably damages the fabric of society. Lee also posits that the antidote to prejudice is reason and justice. The novel is set during the 1930 just after the Great Depression. Prejudice is portrayed in several forms in the novel such as sexism, ageism, racism and classism. These qualities of prejudice are shown by the experienced endured by the narrator of the novel, Scout Finch. Harper lee has resourcefully chosen a six year old girl as the narrator of the novel, this allows the reader to view prejudice from a childlike perspective making concepts more understandable.
Racism being the most dominant, is shown through the character Tom Robinson , who suffers greatly due to the prejudice that surrounds Maycomb. Scout experiences ageism when she is discriminated against on her first day at school for being literate, by her teacher. Scout however, even acts prejudice towards her farther Atticus, assuming because of Atticus age, that he can not fufil the role of a farther like other farthers in Maycome due to his age. Ageism is not the only form of prejudice Scout endures, she a
it is evident in In To Kill a Mockingbird, that Harper Lee Harper Lee depicts the ways of how prejudice is demonstrated based on discrimination by skin colour, gender, age, disability and class. These forms of prejudice are vital to the novel and to Harper Lee's intent within the novel.
The most imperative form of prejudice...