Bias And Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Bias and Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird
Spending their childhood growing up in a small town in Alabama, Jem and Scout come to know the views of those around them. Many folks in Maycomb, Alabama have very strong views on those of different race and social class. The reader can see the prejudice against different races, the bias that was shown to those of a lower social class, and the prejudice towards the outcasts of Maycomb. Lee does an excellent job of portraying the loss and courage of the characters in the novel and she also shows the reader different themes throughout. Bias and prejudice against race and social class is one of the strongest themes Lee portrays throughout the novel.
Prejudice against different races is clearly shown with the African American character Tom Robinson. Tom’s final verdict at his trial was guilty, but Lee
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Lee shows this in many ways and one of those ways was with Boo Radley. “Boo Radley was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks, he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained” (16). Even though they had never met or seen Boo, the children have heard many rumours about him from neighbours which shows that they have cast him out of their society. In the first few chapters, Scout is afraid of Boo Radley because of the stories she hears about him. “Every night sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified three fold, every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Negro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us” (74). The quote shows more about the people of Maycomb rather than about Scout. Scout was afraid of Boo Radley and that he would come seeking revenge. Even though Boo is a nice man, she only knows the stories from those around her. Boo Radley was a mystery to the people of Maycomb and was feeling more prejudice than he should
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