Prejudice Or Pre Judgement Is An Age Old, World Wide, Unavoidable Problem

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Brandon McClean Ms. Chang English 9-1 18 April 2016 Overcoming Prejudice Prejudice or pre-judgement is an age-old, world-wide, unavoidable problem in society. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee describes the negative impact prejudice can have on others. Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley all face differing forms of discrimination because in their own way, each one is different than the typical citizen of Maycomb County. While trying to help others and do the right thing, all three are pre-judged by those in Maycomb who display extreme bias toward them. The prejudice Finch, Robinson and Radley face is the result of deplorable influences on people who make incorrect assumptions based on ignorance that can only be overcome by learning sympathy and understanding for others. Many people in the town of Maycomb describe Atticus Finch as a “nigger lover” simply because he is defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman in his rape trial. Despite the incorrect assumptions and what most people in the town are saying, Atticus believes wholeheartedly in Tom’s innocence and works very hard to prove Robinson not guilty. Even members of Finches own family judge him by saying things such as, “I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family” (83). Atticus is a just and moral man who is trying to do his job by serving and defending Tom Robinson, an

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