Effects Of Racism And Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“This is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of man. There is not a person ... that has not told a lie or who has never done an immoral thing” (Lee 273). The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is during the great depression and takes place in Maycomb county, Alabama. It follows the lives of Scout, her brother Jem, and her father, Atticus and the problems they faced during the rough time. They have to deal with a court case that stirs up racism in their small, pleasant town. The case affects their lives for the better and for the worse and helps guide who they will become when they grow up. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses characterization to display the negative effects of racism and prejudice …show more content…
While Bob Ewell is testifying in court, he says “ I seen that black Negro yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella” (Lee 224) and that instigates an uproar from the audience. It takes the judge a five minutes to calm them down. This proves the thesis because Bob Ewell tries his best to put all of the hate he can into a sentence to cause as big of a reaction as he can to show how much he does not like black people. On top of all of this after the case is over he goes around harassing all of the people involved. Bob also has a prejudice towards Tom Robinson’s family and he harasses Tom’s wife Helen. Everyday when she is traveling to work and she passes his house that is when he does it. Helen gets upset and tells her boss Mr. Link Deas, when he hears the news he gets very angry and he says “All you have to do is make her afraid, an’ if assault ain’t enough to keep you locked up a while, I’ll get the ladies’ law, so get outa my sight” (Lee 333). Mr. Ewell does not respond to Link Deas and he does not bother her anymore. This proves the thesis because Mr Ewell is not only trying to hurt everyone involved in the case, but is going out of his way to harass Tom’s wife, who was not even a part of the case. Mr. Ewell is changing the lives of a few Maycomb residents forever with his actions. That is how racism and prejudice affects Maycomb county in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Racism and prejudice have a big impact on the people in Maycomb and have a big impact in real life as well. It is ubiquitous worldwide and causes hatred that leads to violence, which only causes more hatred and problems. These reasons are why we need to be more accepting of each other to end racism and

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