To Kill a Mockingbird and the Merchant of Venice

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Stereotypes are saying bad things about someone because they belong in a certain group or race Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird both are based on the theme of stereotypes. In the next 3 paragraphs I will talk about stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Merchant of Venice, and finally compare the stereotypes in both. There are many stereotypes and these 2 stories contain many that are alike.

One big theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is stereotypes. First of all there is a stereotype that scout should wear a dress and act more like a girl because she is a tomboy. Aunt Alexandra says this. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I
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Secondly in both stories there is one type of people with less rights than the others, black people in To Kill a Mockingbird and Jewish people in The Merchant of Venice. “I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillum to nigger church”(119).”I am a Jew. Hath not a Jews eyes? Hands, organs dimensions senses, affections, passions?(III,I,54-56).Here the black people have different church times as white people and Shylock explains that Jews are the same as Christians. Finally in To Kill a Mockingbird there are gender stereotypes where The Merchant of Venice doesn’t. Aunt Alexandra says Scout should wear dresses and act more like a girl.” Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches”(81). There are no gender stereotypes in The Merchant of Venice.

There are man different stereotypes in these two stories but in the end they lead to different things. To Kill a Mockingbird leads to a man’s death with harmful stereotypes, The Merchant of Venice also has harmful stereotypes but leads to a greater theme, revenge, and comparing them they are very alike. What we learned is that stereotypes lead to revenge or others getting
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