Discrimination In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Over the past 4 months my 8th grade class has been reading the book To Kill a Mockingbird. It takes place Maycomb, Alabama during the late 20’s early 30’s. This was dark times for everyone with the Great Depression, lack of jobs, and overall tough times for all. To Kill a Mockingbird touches base on racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and breaking the “social code”,Something that I feel truly outlines the entire book was discrimination. Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. I feel this outlines the book because without those prejudices Maycomb could’ve been in perfect harmony, but we all know it doesn’t work out that way. So let 's begin with breaking of the social code in the Finch family. Atticus is a lawyer and father of Jem and Scout Finch .Because of his selfless choice to defend Tom Robinson the town gave him a lot of hate. Although everyone dislikes Atticus for taking on the case, he holds his head high. Atticus felt he needed to take on this case because he believed that everyone should have a chance at a fair trial and he would be a hypocrite if he didn’t. Jem and Scout also faced discrimination at school. At school, Scout nearly starts a fight with a classmate named Cecil Jacobs after Cecil declares that “Scout Finch’s daddy defends n****rs”. Instead of fighting Atticus tells Scout “Try fighting with your head for a change… it’s a good one, even if it does
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