Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, discrimination was a prominent theme. In the novel, there are examples of sexism, classism, and racism which all help show the reader that to kill a mockingbird was set in a small town in the 1930s, and the town struggled through the depression, was very segregated and as it was a small town there was a lot of opinions and gossip these ideas are clearly shown through the Cunningham’s, scout, and Tom Robinson in the novel.

Discrimination is a word used a lot today in society but what does it actually mean? The meaning of discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people,” In the novel, Walter Cunningham was a victim of discrimination because of his’s family’s social standings. The Cunningham family were seen as lower class because of their poorness. In chapter 3 of the novel Walter Cunningham has dinner at the finch’s house and pours syrup all over his food, Scout was shocked at this and made a big fuss. When Calpurnia called scout in the kitchen and told her that’s not how you should treat company, scout replied “He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-" As if because he was considered lowered class he does not deserve the same treatment you would show to someone who was better off financially.

To kill a mockingbird also has examples of sexism in the novel. As Scout lost her mother at a young age she grew up around boys and was seen as a tomboy and

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