"To Kill A Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee Essay - This novel is about prejudice and racism.

Essay by blitz-aceHigh School, 10th gradeA-, January 2004

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Tom Robinson is an innocent victim of prejudice in society.

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee portraits Tom Robinson as a man who is a victim of racial prejudice. While reading the novel, I learned that most white people of the town of Maycomb didn't really like coloured folks like Tom Robinson. White people hardly had any respect for them because they thought Negroes were completely worthless compared to them. It's really sad to see that the coloured people were being judged by their skin colour instead of their actions. On page 75, it says "why id Cecil say you defend niggers?" This shows us that even the young children of Maycomb had no respect for the black people. One thing that white people never realized is that coloured folks are just like them, human beings. Like all human beings they had feelings and they should be treated just like the white people.

Tom Robinson lived in a town where black people like him are treated inferiorly compared to the rest of society. You would never see a black man at the head of a company giving orders to a white man. Black people always had the hardest jobs of all mostly manual labour. They also couldn't go to the same church as the white people. If Tom Robinson went to a white church, he would get looked at and probably get sworn at. On page 156 it says: "You know, it's a funny thing about Braxton he despises Negroes won't have one near him." This quote tells us how much hatred some white people had for the coloured folks. To them having black skin is like a disease, you should not be socializing with Negroes. The thought of even standing beside Tom Robinson or being...