To Kill A Mockingbird Prejudicism Analysis

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In To Kill a Mockingbird it states, “‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’” (Lee 39). To Kill a Mockingbird is set in small town Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, where prejudicism is very high. Some of the main characters, Jem and Scout, are going to learn a lot about prejudicism and what it takes to fight against it, no matter the cost. Some of them that they face or encounter are racial, gender, and socioeconomical discrimination. Scout, the main character of the book and the narrator, doesn’t realize in her innocence the struggles her family…show more content…
He’s going to defend a black man. This is unheard of based on the prejudicism back then, but Atticus still does this anyway because it’s the right thing to do and he wants to send good examples and right morales to his kids. He doesn’t want “Maycomb’s usual disease” (Lee 117), to catch on to Jem and Scout, even though he may pay for it severely.
Racism is a clear factor of prejudicism in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is clearly shown throughout the novel in many different locations. The people of Maycomb suffer from racism. They have different churches for colored folk and white folk. The pay for colored people is way lower than white folk, and black’s are treated unfairly because of the white’s. It was a hard time for them. Tom Robinson, for one, is a great example of racism in the Maycomb community. He was accused of rape and is sentenced to a trial. The night before the trial, a group of men go to try to hurt Tom Robinson. If it wasn’t for little Scout, who doesn’t know that anything is wrong, for intervening, Mr. Robinson could have been killed. Scout doesn’t even understand what’s wrong and she was the only one to show kindness to the men, causing them to leave. “‘He in there, Mr. Finch?’ a man said. ‘He is,’ we heard Atticus
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Many different things are going on in this extraordinary novel, but there’s still a lot of prejudicism in this novel as well. The racial struggles that the main characters face with Tom Robinson. Their father, Atticus, sees that just because he 's black, doesn’t mean that he isn’t human. But sadly, not everyone understands this yet. Then there’s how many people think that since you’re a woman you have to do only this and since you’re a man you can only do this. If you’re a woman and you do “men’s work” then that is completely unacceptable in the 1930’s. Finally, there’s the socioeconomic struggles that the characters have to face in the novel. They get a real slap in the face when they see that just because someone is lower than you in money, doesn’t mean that there an alien. The author really does show us the struggles that Jem and Scout have to face with oppression in this
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