Prejudice And Intolerance : Societal Values And Traditional Values

2159 WordsMay 24, 20169 Pages
Racial Prejudice/Intolerance Created By Societal Values And Traditional Values In “Desiree’s Baby” and To Kill A Mockingbird “Racism isn 't born … it 's taught …”, said by Denis Leary is true. Racism is not a physical obstacle one can conquer, but a mental challenge which is created through one’s experiences in life. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of a white man, Atticus Finch defending a black man, Tom Robinson against the rape of a white girl. Throughout the novel the reader follows Atticus’ children: Jeremy (Jem), and Jean Louise Finch (Scout)’s perspective on the trial, and the events surrounding it. They learn about the hardships and injustice the Negros face because of their race and culture. Additionally in the short story “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin, a similar tale of racial intolerance is told where one woman has to face it due to her child’s skin not being white by her husband. Although both texts have many differences in their development of the theme, racial prejudice/intolerance created by societal values, and the traditional mindset people have, they still establish the theme using the same methods. Despite being set in different places, both authors express their common and universal theme through symbols of change and injustice, vital supporting characters, and a powerful illusionary setting. Symbols of change and injustice reveal the shared universal theme to the reader in both texts. One significant symbol in To Kill A
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