Racism And Loss Of Innocence

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill A MockingBird, Atticus states that, “‘[y]ou never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’” (Lee 39). The literature Harper Lee presents to society touches many universal themes of society mechanics from the past and still connects to the present. Throughout the novel there are various forms of prejudice that evoke in the presence of social inequality, racism and loss of innocence. In any form of environment, social inequality and status always comes through as human nature. Throughout the novel, Scout’s prejudice against Walter Cunningham changes. In the beginning she judges and disrespects Walter, by the way he eats ravenously at dinner with Scout’s family; he does so due to poverty. Towards the end of the novel she comes to a mutual understanding of the Cunninghams ways and reasons. Scout tries to convince Aunt Alexandra if Walter can come over for dinner once again. But, Aunt Alexandra refuses, ‘“[t]he thing is that you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he’ll never be like Jem. [b]esides, there is a drinking streak in that family a mile wide. Finch women aren’t interested in that sort of people’” (300). Even though Scout evolves out of prejudice of the Cunningham lifestyle, Aunt Alexandra is not able to change her perspective; she believes that interacting with the Cunningham will affect the behaviour…

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