How Does Lee Use Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Witch Hunt by Marc Aronson, prejudice is rampant. It has many forms, it can be easily seen, but yet it is rarely noticed. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus hopes that he “can get Jem and Scout through [the trial] without bitterness, and without catching Maycomb’s usual disease [racial prejudice],” similar to the Salem Witch Trials and that “Tituba’s appearance and heritage probably were not what influenced the girls [to accuse people of witchcraft and act strangely], the fact that she was Indian was enough.” Atticus explains that during the trial of Tom Robinson, racial prejudice is going to become very apparent to Jem and Scout. He doesn't want his children to go down a path of biased views of people …show more content…

Prejudice is apparent in even the church, as seen here, “Lula stopped, but she said, ‘You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?’” (Lee 120) When white people walk into a black church, this can draw attention. But it depends on the person’s view of others that ultimately decides the reaction. Lula was a long time member of First Purchase and was used to an all black congregation, so it can be strange to her for a white child to walk in. Furthermore, when a devout congregation such as the community in Salem, hearing of the devil’s presence is not normal. So, with that in mind, when witchcraft is on everyone's mind, even questioning can be one sided, “Instead, he challenged her again and again: ‘Why [do] you hurt these persons?’ He was like a prosecutor on a modern TV show, attacking, badgering, provoking Martha, trying to get her to slip up and reveal her true nature.”(Aronson 106) In the questioning of Martha Corey, Judge Hathorne is a devout churchgoer, so is Martha. These two shared the same religious reputation, but one was a judge, and the other was a woman accused of

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