Social Psychological Theories On The Film Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The film “To Kill a Mockingbird” is an extraordinary illustration of the Southern United States stereotypical racial injustice that were exist in the American history. The main highlights of the film is the innocent black man was falsely accused of raping a white girl. There were many social psychological theories and phenomenon were found such as mass delusion, confirmation bias, self-serving bias, conformity, group influence, traditional gender roles throughout the movie. By providing strong evidences from the film there paper will discuss these social psychological concepts in detail. An important psychological concept named mass delusion is observed in the film. A mass delusion is when a large group of people all hold the same false belief. In the film, all the whites hold false belief about the blacks. The white folks typically sees the blacks as criminals, rapist etc. That is why when the black guy Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white girl, none of the white folks tried to find out the actual truth. They totally believed that the black guy was the rapist. However, the defendant lawyer Atticus believed that Tom did not commit the crime. In spite of being a white man, he decides to take Tom’s case and get justice for him. Confirmation bias is noticed in the movie among the white folks. Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for information that confirms one’s preconceptions. The whites had the wrong perceptions of blacks for many years. Therefore, all the

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