Racism And Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racism and Prejudice In the present world racism and prejudice are not so common as it was in 1900, when Harper Lee wrote the book “To kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee writes about Scout, who is a seven year old girl that s innocent at the beginning of the book As the book ends, she gets to know about all the things that this bad world has in it. In “To kill a mockingbird” Harper Lee uses Scout to show how people prejudge others on race, way of living and gender expectations. Scout is a little girl who sees how people judge each other on their race. She never understands what the term a “nigger-lover” means, until the people around her force her to. She is frustrated as she wants to find out what it means and so she asks Atticus what “nigger-lover”…show more content…
Scout barely had any knowledge about her own family prejudice, until Atticus tells them that women cannot sit on juries:"For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman(225).This quote from the book tells us that Atticus meant that the women were not allowed to sit on juries and that he supported this thought.He was being stereotype and prejudice against women.This was not same as the other families, When Scout sees Mr.Cunningham gave them hickory nuts she asked Atticus whether they are poor,he said “We are indeed(21)”.This gives us the idea that they were poor, but not as poor as the Cunninghams. Cunninghams were different, Scout had some background information on the Cunninghams as they always tried to repay their debt(20) and Atticus told them that they the country trash.Walter Cunningham was Scout’s classmate, She knew Walter had hookworms as he had no shoes(19), this shows that the Cunningham’s financial situation was poor.Whereas, in the Ewell family, it was a different case. Although they were poor,they were ignorant and annoying. Atticus says to Scout that the Ewells were the disgrace of the Maycomb county and they could go to school anytime they wanted to(31).Burris Ewell, son of Bob Ewell was as rude and annoying as his father, in fact he told Miss Caroline that he does not need any advice from her(26).This shows how Ewells got their name in the Maycomb County for…show more content…
Harper Lee crafts the character of Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by her thoughts and attitude towards thing in her daily life. Harper Lee even shows how unfair was the world back then and is now. Scout faces different phases of racism and prejudice in her life and she herself makes people face prejudice and racism for example the Cunninghams and Walter. Scout now surely understands what it is to be judged and what it is like to be
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