Essay Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Prejudices are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.


Prejudice is something which has affected everyone at one time or another. It is like looking out a frosted window and not seeing a clear picture. When people look through a frosted window they sometimes see a blurred vision of the world outside. Sometimes we see people as very different from ourselves when really they are just a very little bit different from us. We can even see someone as an enemy instead of for who they really are. These narrow minded views in our society are prevalent, even though most of the time they are
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She judges her friendships on the person’s qualities and not their differences.

The most common prejudice people encounter is that of race. During Tom Robinson’s trial this type of prejudice is shown. Tom was a black man accused of raping a white woman, a crime that is punishable by the death penalty. Even though all of the evidence should prove him innocent, the jury still found him guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. The justice system didn’t allow this man to have a fair trial because of racial prejudice. The character Jem was heartbroken by consequence of racism “His face was streaked with angry tears, ‘it ain’t right’ he muttered.” (212). The jurors had disregarded Tom’s credibility or that of the other witnesses. All they could focus on was his race because they could not see though the frost in that window.

Just like if you take time to scrape the frost from your window, if you take the time to erase prejudice from your mind you will have an improved view of the world. Atticus Finch, like so many individuals in this world, gave up personal gain to fight racism and prejudice. He knew he had to speak the truth even if no one would listen and even if there was no hope of winning the trial. He knew that trials had been lost to prejudice before and would be again saying “When they do it, it seems that only the children weep.” (213) Jem wept when he was astonished by Tom’s conviction because he saw the world with a
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