Prejudice-to Kill a Mockingbird and Martin Luther King

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Prejudice Prejudice, the chain of hatred and ignorance, has haunted our history at every step. In the twenty-first century prejudice and its destruction can be viewed in many forms of modern literature. Two of the most famous and rejoiced literatures that examine the theme of prejudice are Harper Lee’s realist fiction novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Martin Luther King’s heart warming speech ‘I Have a Dream’. Both texts explore the theme of prejudice of white Americans on the Blacks in the racially tense times of the early twentieth century. Unlike Harper Lee, Martin Luther King goes a step further to persuade the audience that there is prejudice present and we should be motivated to stop this evil from blossoming in our world.…show more content…
This enables us to see the white society’s prejudice consumption to believe that all Negroes are alike and dumb witted savages who do not have any thought for their life or future. Prejudice is further seen during Tom Robinson’s trial through the usage of idiom of the racist south such as ‘nigger, darky, and boy’ by the general white society. The use of offensive language which is usually reserved for animals such as ‘I seen that black nigger… ruttin’ on my Mayella!’ further shows the vast amounts of racial prejudice sewn in the white man’s heart. This metaphor of Tom ‘ruttin’ depicts that the black man has been reduced to such low levels in society that he is compared to an animal. The prejudice in Tom’s trial is also visible by the segregated seating arrangements of the whites and the blacks in the courthouse. The portrayed segregation not only takes place at the Maycomb court of law but had appeared through out the novel in all aspects of Maycomb life. This segregation is illustrated by Harper Lee through imagery and is strengthened through the realist aspect of the novel. The author shows prejudice through this segregation by revealing the two contrasting places where the ‘white and blacks’ lived and even where they went to separate churches. The author paints a vivid picture of the blacks living in a ghetto
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