Examples of Prejudice in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in the difficult times of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. The novel surrounds the life of a young girl named Scout Finch, along with her brother Jem, and their friend, Dill. Who are forced at a young age to watch the people of their small town of Maycomb not only receive, but also give prejudice to numerous, harmless people. Whether it be Boo Radley, a shut in who falls victim to the town’s gossip, even though he is constantly showing acts of kindness towards the Finch children. Or it be Tom Robinson an innocent man that Atticus, Scout’s father must defend be accused rape, and be convicted of a crime he did not to just because of the color of his skin. Throughout the novel, the people of Maycomb deal with prejudice in the forms of sexism, intolerance of differences, and in racism. One example of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird, is sexism. Seixism was often used in the novel, but was not seen as a problem in the 1930’s. Scout is always having seixism direct towards her because of the way she acts and dresses because of the fact that she is a prefers to play outside and wear overalls instead of being mature and wearing dresses. Her own family is at all times pointing out ways in order to make her more mature and womanly. Her Uncle Jack asks her once at a family gathering, “‘You want to grow up to be a lady don’t you?’” (Lee 105). Jack says that assuming that should want to become more
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