Discrimination And Fear Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Terrell Abston
Mrs. Green
English III, Accelerated, Block 3
21 November 2013
Discrimination and Fear in To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about injustice in the 1940s in the South. However, it is more than just a story of racial discrimination, it is a story about discrimination of those in society who are misunderstood. In this novel the author vividly describes the meaning of fear and discrimination. In doing this Harper Lee uses several characters in the novel that are feared and misunderstood, like Atticus and Scout, Boo Radley, the African American society, and Tom Robinson. Through the actions surrounding these characters, Harper Lee suggests that fear and discrimination come in many forms.
Throughout the whole novel Harper Lee’s characters regularly face fear and discrimination. Two of the main characters in the novel are Atticus and Scout who experience fear and discrimination first hand. One thing Atticus says to Scout that depicts discrimination is when he said "Scout..."nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don 't mean anything—like snot-nose. It 's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody 's favoring Negroes over and above themselves.” The townspeople refer to Atticus in this derogatory way because of the way he treats Tom Robinson. Atticus tells Scout that he does his “best to love everybody” and never discriminates between people because he feels that all people are the same and they should all be
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