To Kill A Mockingbird 7

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To Kill A Mockingbird 7


To Kill A Mockingbird has several themes included in this classic novel. The theme of a
book is defined by the dominating ideas in a literary work. It is an abstract concept that
is made solid through the author's use of action, images, and characters. The main theme
in this work is the reality of prejudice. Class, sex, and race are some of the prejudices
present in the town of Maycomb.

Prejudice concerning one's class in society is dominant in the town of Maycomb. Class
structure in this novel is important because it creates a caste system for the people to
follow. In this system, the black population permeates at the bottom. Families with the
Finch's stature would be found at or near the top. According to the caste system people
had a position to uphold for example, if you were of a Finch's status you were to act
respectably and not act like trash. The Ewells' in this story are just above the colored
folks only because they are white. Most people look down upon them resulting in avoidance.
This caste system exists because in Maycomb it is the way things have always been. Class
structure promotes a sense of security for the people, and that's the way the people want
it to stay.

Since this story takes place in the 1930s there is also a prejudice towards women. Men
believed that women were the weaker sex, and not equal to a man. A prime example of this
is when the men believed they should protect their women from Tom Robinson because he
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