Essay On Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Prejudice Expressed in To Kill A Mockingbird

In society, humans are faced constantly with judgments and negative criticism. Subconsciously it’s human nature to make assumptions and judgements towards someone and their self. Prejudice is a constant and everlasting problem that society faces. This concept is generally used in literature and expressed in multiple forms of art. In the novel “To KIll A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee the basic notion is everyone is prejudice to some extent.

Prejudice is expressed in the novel through Lula, a black women and member of the First Purchase Church. When Calpurnia, the Finch’s house maid decides to take Jem and Scout Finch to the First Purchase Church Lula expresses prejudice. Here Lula confronts and
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Tom Robinson is a victim of prejudice because he is a different race than what the norm in society is. During the trial no conclusive evidence was shown to prove Tom Robinson guilty. Although Atticus defended Tom and proved multiple times to the jury that Tom was incapable of physically abusing someone due to a permanent arm injury. Regarding the inconclusive evidence, Tom Robinson was sentenced to the death penalty. Although the jury knew Tom was not guilty, they still elected him guilty cause it was socially unacceptable for a black man to win against a white man’s word. After the trial, Atticus explains to Jem and Scout how the court system and society is flawed, “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads - they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our court’s, when it’s white man’s word against black man’s, the white man always win. They’re ugly but those are the facts” (295). Here Atticus explains to Jem and Scout how society functions. He tells them that no ugly it is, a black man can never have a chance of winning against a white man. Although Tom Robinson is a victim of prejudice, prejudice is also expressed within the jury's decision. The jury convicted Tom of raping a white women although they were given inconclusive evidence. This proves that Tom Robinson was convicted and the jury’s decision reflected solely based on Tom Robinson’s race and not the evidence. This leads to the conclusion that Tom Robinson was a victim of prejudice as well as the jury's decision reflected prejudice

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