How Does Lee Present The Theme Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In today’s society many men, women and children have been a victim or guilty of being prejudice towards to others because of their differences between them. Prejudiced is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper, Lee prejudice is one of the main themes. Lee addresses the theme trough the characters of the novel and delivering a message to the reader suggests prejudiced is present in the world, therefore, we must take action to resolve it due to the multiple ways it can damage an individual. Lee depicts the theme of prejudice trough the characters of Atticus, Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Bob Ewell, and Mrs.Dubose. Each character gives a unique insight towards …show more content…

Harper Lee uses Boo Radley’s character to show how people fear and do not accept who is different. Boo Radley is a victim of prejudice due to being an anomaly. The people of Maycomb County are critical and judgemental towards Boo. The neighbourhood depicts Boo as a “malevolent phantom” because he has not been outside. Seeing that, the townspeople start making rumours about Boo Radley a description of him according to Jem, “ Boo 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 hand were blood stained if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.”(13) This quote reveals how gossip can affect an individual Jem who has not seen Boo Radley is creating false images of him due to the false information that surrounds him created by the adults. The adults show prejudice toward Boo by telling absurd stories regarding him according to Miss Stephanie Boo stabbed Mr Radley on the leg with a pair of scissors and peeks into windows at night. Furthermore, the town blames him for any misdeed that occurs, “When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crime committed in Maycomb were his work.”(9) and “ Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chicken and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, people still looked at the Radley place” (9). Both quotes demonstrate how much discrimination Boo suffers from the townspeople automatically declares Boo as the cause for any misfortune events that occur. Later in the novel, Jem realises Boo chooses to stay inside because people are going to discriminate him due to being different, “I think

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