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Prejudice And Injustice

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a controversial story of a girl named Scout growing up in the South during the 1930’s. This is a very racially and economically tense time in which she experienced large amounts of racism towards black people. Scout witnessed a white vs. black court case and it helped her mature as a person. There are many underlying themes, two of them being prejudice being harmful and injustice leading to false punishment.

During the exposition, Scout gave an overview of the core characters and their history in Maycomb County. Right off, she showed the town’s deep rooted prejudice and hierarchy when she said, “But they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass.”(Lee 7) I believe that the author threw this detail in to give an example of how the class system in maycomb works and that just because of family or race the townsfolk already have formed an opinion about you. Scout gave us another example in part two when she stated, “Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man, I accepted his invitation reluctantly.” (Lee 267) Once again
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Everyone has small amounts of prejudice in our lives, it’s human nature. I can remember a bit of prejudice I had when I first met a now good friend of mine, whom I won’t name. At first I was prejudiced towards him because my friends liked him a lot and it took attention from me. I developed a small amount of resentment towards him and made small comments that weren’t directly rude but still passive aggressive. However, as I got to know him better I realized that he was a pretty interesting person and we’ve been close friends since. I would recommend for everyone to push past their prejudice and try to get to know someone or their circumstances before judging. They could turn out to be a whole lot different than
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