How Does Lee Show Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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It’s an awful feeling knowing that no matter how hard you work, you’ll never earn as much money as your white counterpart. Sadly, this has been the case for hundreds of years for African Americans living in the United States. To Kill a Mockingbird reveals the everyday struggles that African Americans endured during the 1930’s. Many of the events in the novel were based on the author, Harper Lee’s life. Just like Atticus, Lee’s father was also a lawyer. The Tom Robinson court case was loosely based on the Scottsboro Boys Trial. The trial entailed nine black teenage boys who were accused of raping two white women. Much like Tom Robinson’s case in the book, the trial was biased and unfair. Lee perfectly captures the unjust court system for black …show more content…

After Atticus gives Jem and Scout their air rifles, he tells them they can shoot tin cans and bluejays, but not mockingbirds. “” … they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us … it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,”” (Lee 119).The mockingbird is supposed to symbolize Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Both characters have been wronged for no reason. Tom and Boo just mind their own business, while the world bothers them. Later in the story, Calpurnia and the children have discovered a rabid dog, Tim Johnson, running about. Mr. Heck Tate asks Atticus to shoot it dead because he doesn’t want to risk missing the dog. Even though he isn't eager to do the deed, he obliges. While Atticus is preparing to shoot, his glasses fall off and crack. Atticus’s glasses symbolically help him see against the prejudice and racism in the town. “Atticus pushed his glasses to his forehead; they slipped down and he dropped them in the street,” (Lee 127). This shows that even without his glasses, he is capable of seeing how awful racism and prejudice. The dog, Tims Johnson, Atticus is supposed to shoot represents the racism and prejudice spread throughout the town. When Atticus shoots him, he is trying to rid the town of their awful views. “Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk,” (Lee 127). Unfortunately, Atticus can not convince everyone to see without their prejudice

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