Stereotypes Then, Now and Later

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“I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system—that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty.” (109-110, e-book) In this essay the main discussion will be based upon how Harper Lee uses literary means as a way to present the way characters respond to cultural stereotypes and how it affects the deliverance of justice. The novel of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is conveyed and narrated to us by a young girl, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) who is raised by a single father living in the small, congested town of Maycomb, Alabama. The novel is established upon the foundation of racial prejudice, stereotyping and injustices in the 1930’s.

The first example of a cultural stereotype that affected the deliverance of justice that I would like to draw attention to is: All black people are criminals. This fundamentally related to the literary device of foreshadowing because of countless number of reasons. The first example I…

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