Examination Of Kill A Mockingbird And Its Portrayal Of Prejudice

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Examination of To Kill a Mockingbird and its portrayal of Prejudice

“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” - Harper Lee This quote discusses the dangers of prejudice, and suggests that it is unreasonable and dangerous. Prejudice can be used in bad ways, such as profiling someone based on race, or financial background, which leads to making ideas about someone without backing it up with actual evidence. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the characters of the story to portray prejudice in a negative way to the reader through the actions and teachings of Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the black community. All of these three people or groups of people were profiled and generalized about in the beginning of the story, and as the story progressed, Lee shows the reader how the prejudice against them is completely wrong, and unreasonable.
Boo Radley In To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley is the symbol of prejudice in Maycomb, and is hated by everyone just because he experienced a bad childhood and chooses to stay inside his house, rather than venture outside. This can be seen in Scout’s description of Boo Radley when explaining him to Dill: “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him … Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.” (Lee, 9) This quote describes Scout’s attitude towards Boo Radley by calling him a…

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