Essay on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird has several themes included in this classic novel. The theme of a book is defined by the dominating ideas in a literary work. It is an abstract concept that is made solid through the author's use of action, images, and characters. The main theme in this work is the reality of prejudice. Class, sex, and race are some of the prejudices present in the town of Maycomb.

Prejudice concerning one's class in society is dominant in the town of Maycomb. Class structure in this novel is important because it creates a caste system for the people to follow. In this system, the black population permeates at the bottom. Families with the Finch's stature would be found at or near the
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Not only could they do it for upholding their white supremacy; they could also say they were just protecting their women from a predator. The author portrays the women who have tea with Aunt Alexandra as representatives of the way a lady was supposed to act. They were to drink and converse with each other. They were made out to look extremely weak, and not dependent. Scout is also subject to this prejudice. Throughout the book she is constantly reprimanded and told to 'act like a lady,'; because she wears pants or swears. Another example of this type of prejudice is the fact that women are not permitted to serve on juries solely because they are women. Atticus tries to explain to Scout with better reasons, but they aren't much better. He says it's to protect them from evil cases like Tom's case, which is another example of making women appear weak. His other reason was that women are too talkative, and it would hold up the courtroom with questions.

Racial prejudice runs deep in this novel. It is shown throughout the Tom Robinson trial. Even before the trial begins people were ridiculing the Finch family by calling them 'nigger-lovers,'; and other epithets associated with this form of negativity. The town verbally attacks a white family just for defending a black person. More evidence of this extreme racism is found at the outcome of the trial. It is clear that Atticus proved Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, and have been

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