Compare And Contrast Jasper Jones And To Kill A Mockingbird

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Both Jasper Jones and To Kill a Mockingbird are books that represent the racial prejudice and show outsiders in small country towns. When it comes to characters both books are very much alike, containing a single outsider figure and a group of coloured people who are racially abused. This essay will give examples as to how prejudice against outsiders and racial groups was demonstrated in Jasper Jones and To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel, Jasper Jones, the ostracized racial groups are the Vietnamese and the aboriginals. The main aboriginal figure in this novel is Jasper Jones himself, while the main Vietnamese figure is Jeffrey Lu. Throughout many parts of the novel, Jasper is shown to endure unjust treatment at the hands of his white counterparts. For example, the Police chief kidnaps Jasper and then along with the Shire President, beats Jasper up, as if to make him say he was responsible for Laura Wishart’s disappearance. There is prejudice toward Jasper as he is coloured and also because his father is a drunk and doesn’t care for Jasper. In short, he has no family and just drifts around town. Jeffrey Lu is shown to be bullied mercilessly on numerous occasions, one being on the cricket pitch. He is made to play as the last batsman, despite his obvious skill, and the others in his team and the opposition relentlessly hurl racial slurs at him. There is racial prejudice toward Jeffrey as he and his family have fled from the Vietnam War, which inhabitants of Corrigan are

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