Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more”-Robert M Hensel. The book To Kill a Mockingbird, explores the powers and prejudice of racism in the 1930s. During the Great Depression, a young girl named Scout, starts to notice more injustice within her town. Through her eyes, we witness the pervasive racism that exists in her community. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird uses conflict and characters to reveal the damaging consequences of a town that discriminates and the importance of standing up for what is right in the face of injustice.
Firstly, the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s, illustrates the deeply ingrained racism and injustice that fills the community. Inside of Maycomb there’s …show more content…

They witness the way the townspeople treat Tom Robinson and see that he is presumed guilty because of his race, and he is denied a fair trial. Scout then says, “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed…It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. ‘It ain’t right,’ he muttered, all the way to the corner of the square where we found Atticus waiting.” (Lee 323) It’s after the trial that Scout and Jem begin to understand the racism throughout the town of Maycomb. They know that the verdict was a result of the injustice within their community. Although they recognize the bravery Tom Robinson showed throughout the trail. He maintained his innocence even in the courtroom with uneven odds. Later, Scout tells Mr. Raymond something Atticus tells her and Jem. She says, “Atticus says cheatin’ a colored man is ten times worse than cheatn’ a white man.” (201) Atticus is saying it’s cowardly to cheat a black man when they have no refuge in white society in the 1930s. Jem and Scout grow throughout the book and understand the effects of racism and injustice throughout the

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