The Prejudice Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1010 Words Mar 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Jason Lin
Mrs. Christopher
Honors English One/Period 2
1 March 2015
The Prejudice of Maycomb “All men are created equal”, one of the most ignored statements that our founding fathers wrote in the Constitution. People exercise prejudice everywhere in the U.S. Prejudice is a topic that is constantly revisited in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Her novel focuses on Scout, the daughter of Atticus Finch, living her life in the 1930s of rural Maycomb, Alabama. Scout witnesses the injustice and prejudice against many people, not only Negroes. The heat of prejudice rises when Atticus decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black who is going under trial for allegedly raping a white girl. Despite the clear evidence that Robinson is innocent, the jury convicts Tom. At this point, Scout realizes that most of Maycomb is prejudiced and indifferent to the harm they cause. People believe that difference is wrong and that everyone should be one person; everyone should talk the same, act the same and think the same. These people don’t understand people who are different from them and they expect a person to act like they look, as shown in the movie “12 angry men”, when the jurors judge that a foreign boy committed murder because he looked bad. Lee characterizes Mrs. Dubose, Jem and Scout to symbolize that prejudice comes when people are different or hard to understand. A topic that Lee points out is that people look down on others who are different from them. When Calpurnia, a black…
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