Prejudice in "To Kill a MockingBird"

Essay by Laska_plHigh School, 12th gradeA-, September 2006

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Prejudice is a foggy window which we all look out of. It impairs

not only sight, but also our thoughts and actions. When we look through

the window, not everyone can see past the fog. Sometimes we see people and

think they are our enemies when really they are just a little bit different

then us, be they a different race or even a different sex. These prejudice

views are not uncommon, even though most of the time they are wrong. "To

Kill a MockingBird" presents many conflicting pictures of prejudice, the

situations also show that prejudice can be overcome.

An example of viewing things differently is when Aunt Alexandra

forbid Scout to play with Walter Cunningham, a poor boy whom Scout attends

school with. This is because Aunt Alexandra sees Walter and his family as

poor and beneath the Finches, in her words," ...they're good folks. But

they're not our kind of folks."

Scout on the other hand doesn't care about

how much money Walter has but about his potential to be a friend. She

doesn't let irrelevant things like money cloud her judgment of people.

The most typical of all prejudice views is that of race. An

example of this is during Tom Robinsons trial. Tom was a black man accused

of raping a white woman, a crime that is punishable by the death penalty.

Even though all the facts proved that he didn't do it, the jury still found

him guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". Tom's life has been sacrificed to

racism by the people who were there to protect him. The justice system

didn't allow this man to have a fair trial because of the color of his skin.

They disregarded his credibility or that of the other witnesses, all they

could focus on...