Discrimination, Prejudice, And Discrimination Essay

2209 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 9 Pages
Discrimination in To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee touches on many topics which are still very relevant to this day: racism, empathy, persecution of innocents, gender roles in society, and discrimination. Discrimination is a big problem in this book; it goes so far that Scout, the narrator, faces it when she’s only around seven or eight years old. The adults face it as well. Tom Robinson, a kind black worker, is discriminated against just because he’s black. Mr. Dolphus Raymond, the town “drunk”, is discriminated against because he lives with a black woman, and he’s happy with her. Atticus, Scout’s father, is discriminated against because of the fact that he chooses and really tries to defend a black man in court -- Tom Robinson -- because he believes it is the right thing to do. Many people in this book face many different types of discrimination, but in the end, Scout learns some very valuable lessons from what her father taught her and what she personally went through. Scout faces discrimination because she defies stereotypical gender roles at such a young age. Many people try to change her and many people try to get her to act like a lady, but there are some people who accept her they way she wants to be and they don’t try to change her. She looks up to her older brother Jem and wants to fit in with Jem and Dill. “‘Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home -- I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every…

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