Essay on Harper Lee And The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

1293 Words Jun 11th, 2015 6 Pages
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare are classified as a fiction books. However, they reveal many truths about the human condition when it comes to prejudice and racism. In TKAM, we saw how racism took a life of an innocent Tom Robinson as a disease, and how prejudice about Boo Radley spread out in Maycomb. In the MOV we witnessed the religious prejudice (Christian vs. Shylock), and the racism against the Prince of Morocco with black skin. There is a connection to the real world, when some people see a Muslim person – they think about terrorism, not about how good this person can be. Thus, prejudice and racism destroy individuals and societies in To Kill a Mockingbird, in The Merchant of Venice and in our real world.
Two major victims in To Kill a Mockingbird who were prejudged by society are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson is a victim of racism, and he characterized by what people say about him. A white man accused him of raping a white woman, so many people see him as a monster and don’t even want to hear any evidence of his innocence. He was arrested, even after Atticus showed them a proof that Tom could not do anything bad to this woman, because he is disabled. However, it was not enough for people to stop judging Tom because of his skin colour. Therefore, after the trial, white people shoot him seventeen times as a dog. They could shot one time and it would be enough to kill him, however, they wanted their…

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