To Kill a Mockingbird. This essay is about prejusice that has caused pain and suffering to others for many centuries. Racism is the main issue in this essay.

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Prejudice has caused the pain and suffering of others for many


Some examples of this include the Holocaust and slavery in the United

States. In to Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee racism was the cause of

much agony to the blacks of a segregated South. Along with blacks, other

groups of people are judged unfairly just because of their difference from

others. The prejudice and bigotry of society causes the victimization of

people with differences.

Some who are discriminated against are those who are born

differently than the majority. One person that is treated unfairly is

Calpurnia, as you can see when Aunt Alexandra tried to get Atticus to fire

Calpurnia, because in her eyes, Calpurnia wasn't a good enough female role

model (p.136). This is a prejudice action, because Calpurnia is as good

as a role model as Aunt Alexandra, if not better. Aunt Alexandra is a

bigot and doesn't see the character of Calpurnia, just the color of her

skin. Another person who is treated like an inferior is Scout by her

teacher, because she knew how to read. "She discovered that I was

literate and looked at me with more than faint distaste. (p.17)." Scout

is treated like it is her fault that she knows more than the average child

did. She learned earlier than others so she gets punished unjustly. Tom

Robinson is also one who is discriminated by a biased community. Tom is

found guilty by the jury in his case against the Ewells (p.211). The

guilty verdict is a direct result of a racist community. Tom was never

given a fair chance in the trial, even though that the evidence was

proving him innocent. People that are born differently often get

mistreated and are discriminated against.

Another group that is treated...