Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Essay

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Prejudice is the preconceived opinion of a person or thing. There are three main types of prejudice: racial prejudice, social prejudice and religious prejudice. These three are the types of prejudice most dominant in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. The setting for the novel is a fictitious town called Maycomb. This town is situated in Alabama, south USA. The racial prejudice shown in the novel has a lot to do with the town being situated in the southern United States. This is because there was a lot of racism in the southern United States in the 1930’s. This racism mainly originated from the civil war, which lasted from 1875 to 1883. The northern, more progressive states declared slavery illegal, but slavery was a vital part of the …show more content…
This emphasises how old fashioned and backward the town is. The paragraph also describes how the town is not looked after by anyone. “In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop”

This shows the slowness of the towns progression, as there aren’t tarmac roads only olden dirt tracks.

“grass grew on the side walks”

This shows neglect, as there is obviously no town caretakers employed by the local authority. This again reinforces the idea of the weariness of the town’s people. The description of the courthouse puts a negative light on the way the town is kept.

“The courthouse sagged in the square”

This again shows the peoples tiredness, as they don’t bother to fix the courthouse, to make it look as prestigious and glamorous as it should from the outside. There is complete lack of willingness to change things in Maycomb. This attitude helps the people to be prejudiced against anything different from their norm. This attitude is also influenced by the fact that Maycomb is a fairly financially poor place. The reason for this is mainly the depression in the 1930s where the agricultural areas of southern USA suffered severely. There wasn’t any money for maintenance as all the money was used to survive. The community’s outlook on life is very insular.

“nowhere to go, nothing to buy, no money to buy it with,
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