Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee, Fear, Gossip And Stereotyping

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Francis Jeffrey once said, “Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.” This cannot be closer to the truth, especially in regard to the treatment of black people in the United States during their fight for equality in the 1900’s. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the early 1900’s. The story is told from Scout’s point of view and follows the lives of her, Jem her brother, Atticus their father, and their friend Dill. Atticus is a lawyer and is defending a black man, Tom Robinson, against charges of beating and raping a white girl. Jem and Scout witness and are subject to prejudice on account of race, gender, and social class. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, fear, gossip and stereotyping play a major role in the creation of discrimination and unjust prejudice between people, but these same people seek out common ground with others despite differences which is often times found by creating a common enemy which is observed and developed throughout the story by the main character, Scout. The town 's prejudice against the Radleys makes them subject to gossip all because when Arthur (Boo) Radley was younger he was charged with “disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault and battery,” (Lee 12) then locked up inside their house, “to give no further trouble”, by Mr. Radley. Scout, Jem, and Dill use Maycomb’s talk of Boo to fabricate their game of the Radley 's lives, “It was a melancholy little drama, woven

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