Prejudice and discrimination in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Essay by ascraeusUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, June 2007

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Abstract"To kill a Mockingbird" was written by Harper Lee to criticize discrimination and prejudice to black people. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel which is about white lawyer Atticus Finch who defends an innocent African American man accused of raping a white woman. The novel is narrated through eyes of a child whose name is Scout. Harper Lee narrates nonsense of prejudice and discrimination through the events characters face. The most important character who suffers from prejudice and discrimination is Tom Robinson, he is treated in injustice manner, because of his race. The Finch's black servant is Calpurnia alienated by Aunt Alexandra. Boo Radley is another character who is isolated because of prejudice of Maycomb County people. He is locked in his room by his fateher. But we see not only racial prejudice but also isolation because of class distinction such as Walter Cunnigham and Mayella Ewell.

Although the majority of her hometown is prejudiced, Scout's innocent mind remains non prejudice. To her, all is equal, so all should be treated equal. The novel is very affective in not only revealing prejudice but also examining the nature of prejudice and consequences. The whole story revolved around the prejudice views of Southern community. The whole reason of consequences of was because of people views towards blacks in the south. This novel shows clearly that 1900's black people were treated unfairly. At that time, discrimination was very palpable. Prejudice and discrimination is a big problem which has been faced through ages and will be faced.

Prejudice and discrimination in To Kill a MockingbirdPrejudice and discrimination has caused the pain and suffering of others for many centuries. Prejudice and discrimination have always been around. One of the most destructive types of prejudice is based on someone's race or cultural group.