Racism, Sexism And Prejudice By Harper Lee

1554 WordsMay 17, 20167 Pages
The entire world views and is affected by many immoral and cruel behaviours. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, the citizens of Maycomb County are harmed or troubled by vices that are seen throughout the text, such as racism, sexism and prejudice. It is obvious that throughout the work of To Kill a Mockingbird, the vices of racism, sexism and prejudice harm and negatively affect the community and it’s people. Within the time period in which the novel takes place, women are not treated as equal to men, they have less opportunities and are to act in a specific mannerism. Women in this society, within the early 1900s, are not given equal opportunities as men. Within the courthouse, all of the members of the jury are males. It is clear that the only reason that no women are seen in this workspace, is because women are viewed as unfit for political positions. This is proven as Jem asks Atticus why Miss Maudie cannot serve on a jury, and Atticus answers with the reason that she is a women, and he says “I doubt if we’d ever get a complete case tried-the ladies’d be interrupting to ask questions” (Lee 296), This quotation shows that women are seen as incapable politicians, because they will not be able to keep their mouths shut. This could make women feel far inferior to men, and lower their confidence in following their dreams of work. People of different religions view women in disrespectful, harmful ways. For example, the “foot washing baptists” believe
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