Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird




Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird


Prejudice is a real life problem in the world. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
describes the prejudices found in a small American town in the 1930's. Race, social class,
and gender are examples of prejudice.

Racial prejudice is discrimination based on the color of ones skin. An example is when Tom
Robinson is convicted in his trial. Tom was convicted because he was a black man and his
word was not considered as important or truthful as a white man's word. Tom never should
have been accused of the crime, but because whites do not trust blacks he was found
guilty. Atticus, Tom's attorney, recognized the system wasn't going to change. "When it's
a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins." (220) Another
example is that blacks have to sit in a separate section of the courtroom, away from the
white people. Blacks have to sit in another section because white people believe that
they are superior. People of Maycomb already have blacks on a lower class than any white
man just because of the color of their skin. A third example of racial prejudice is when
Scout learns that blacks cannot go to a white person's church. Whites think that they are,
again, better than blacks because of their skin color. They are blinded by the opinion
that blacks are not good enough to sit in the same church as themselves. Even though
blacks are not allowed into a church with whites, they start their own churches to worship
together. Racial prejudice is a controversial issue that adds suspense and drives the
plot.

Another kind of prejudice is social prejudice. Social prejudice is discrimination based on
your status in society. The town's people are more respected and on a higher social class
than a farmer because of their wealth and occupation. Both the farmer and townspeople
usually work equally as hard and are both probably very respectable people, but the
average townsperson is respected more because they have live in fine homes and drive nice
cars. The Cunninghams and the Ewells are discriminated against because they both do not
have much money. The Cunninghams and the Ewells are both farming families, but the
Cunninghams are part of a higher class because the Ewells are what we would call "trash."
They do not have the same social manners and regard for society's rules and morals. Even
the children were not allowed to play with children of a lower class. Aunt Alexandra
explains it to Scout when she says, "I'll tell you why, because--he--is--trash, that's why
you can't play with him." (225) The black community is the lowest social class. Having
black skin automatically puts them on the bottom of the class chain. Blacks were
considered dirty and unsanitary; therefore, people didnít want them next to their houses.
The Ewells were probably worse people and citizens of the US than most blacks, but because
the Ewells are white, they are of a higher social class. Social prejudice is wrong because
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