Boo Radley Prejudice

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee , there are many examples where the town acts in a prejudiced way. The town is set in the 1930s,where there are problems with racism, especially in Maycomb. Throughout the story Jean Louise Finch (Scout) , learns that not everybody views each other equally, mainly in the Tom Robinson trial. Scout is exposed to the comments and actions of prejudice by the townsfolk. Such examples are the description of Boo Radley , the town drunk Dolphous Raymond. As well as racism against Tom Robinson, and discrimination against the Finch children.
One example of prejudice that is shown is the description of Boo Radley that Jem tells Scout and Dill.“Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall,judging from his tracks;he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch,that’s why his hands were bloodstained-if you ate an animal raw,you could never wash the blood off.”(pg.16)Most of the town folk, especially the children, believe that Boo Radley is a monster who only comes out of the dark. Rumors are spread around because he is
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that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption-the evil assumption that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings , that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women,an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber.”(pg.273)Atticus gives this speech to the jury to defend Tom Robinson.He is trying to prove that the lies and assumptions about black people are all not true,that they are not all sinful and want to harm white people. “ Mr.Finch , if you was a nigger like me, you’d be scared too.”(pg.261)Tom Robinson is a black man that was accused of rape against Mayella Ewell.He did not commit the crime, but since he is a black man he will always be accused of actions he has never done, and that he will never be innocent in a white man’s

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