To Kill A Mockingbird Prejudice Theme Essay

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Harper Lee artfully wove together a coming-of-age story and a legal thriller in a way that tackles many of the important issues of growing up in the American South during the 1930s. Of the many themes encompassed in To Kill a Mockingbird, the most prevalent is prejudice. Prejudice manifested itself in the novel among races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, religions, and values. Racism, sexism, and socioeconomic elitism are the most significant examples of the theme of prejudice, which is the driving force and central message of the entire novel. Prejudice in the form of racism is demonstrated in the discrimination against black people that takes place in the novel. In the minds of many Maycombians, black citizens are inferior…show more content…
Scout’s character could be classified as a tomboy: she spends her time with Jem and Dill, she wears overalls and pants and dislikes wearing skirts, and she gets in fights. Scout is often scrutinized and reprimanded by her aunt, Alexandra, for not being “ladylike.” Occasionally, Jem and Dill would not let her play games with them because she is a girl. Lastly, prejudice exists in the social standing of the families of Maycomb based on economic status. Families with professionals, like the Finches, are considered to be upper class. Poorer families, like farmers affected by the Great Depression, lie in the middle. White families like the Ewells who live in squalid conditions are near the bottom of this system, only above the last class which is all the black families. Families that did not have as much money as others or that were not in high social standing were not treated as well as families that had “background.” The injustice that Tom Robinson received because of the color of his skin, the exclusion and standards that Scout was subjected to because of her gender, and the caste system by which all the families in Maycomb were classified are all examples of prejudice, which is the most important theme, or central message, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper
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