Theme Of Racial Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine a society where people think that they are above someone else because of their looks or something that they cannot control. Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird goes along the story of two children who live in a small, southern town. It takes place in the 1930’s when black and white people were still segregated. Racial Prejudice is unfair and not right in the instances of Tom Robinson being accused guilty, and men gambling at Calpurnia’s church. Racial prejudice is shown when tom Robinson is accused guilty, and it is obvious that he is innocent. As Harper Lee states, “His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right, and hung dead at his side” (248). When Harper Lee states that his left arm is crippled, it is obvious that he is incapable of committing the crime that he is accused of. Tom is most likely accused and found guilty only because he is black.…show more content…
They decided to gamble there because it is a Negro church and so it is not considered wrong. Either way, a church is a church and it is not right to gamble in them. Back then, black people were treated lower than everybody else. Jem and Scout do not understand it, but they were honored guests at the church. Both Tom Robinson’s case and white men gambling at Calpurnia’s church are examples of racial prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout the book were plenty of examples of racial prejudice but these two were the most obvious and harsh examples. People used treat Negroes below them just because of their skin tone; they do not get to choose what they look like. If somebody is to judge someone, it should be about what they choose to do, not what they cannot
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