How Does Lee Use Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The characters in the book To Kill a Mockingbird try to change their ways, so people’s prejudice doesn’t affect them, but most of them can’t overcome the prejudice because the town they grew up in is full of prejudice and for them to stop being prejudice would be hard for them, since it’s engraved into their society,therefore is shows that people's prejudice is hard to defeat. To begin with, on the first day of school Scout’s teacher, Miss. Caroline discovered that Scout was literate and she was not happy at all. She looked at Scout with more than distaste, she told Scout that her father must not teach her how to read and write anymore. Though Scout said, “‘He hasn’t taught me anything, Miss Caroline. Atticus ain’t got time to teach me anything,’ …show more content…
Caroline that Atticus “hasn’t taught” her anything, she still is full of distaste and Scout knows this because of the way she “smiled and shook her head”. Scout tried to overcome Miss. Caroline’s prejudice of her being literate by explaining to her the situation, but her prejudice remained because everyone from the time was very use to using prejudice, so it was hard for people like Scout of overcome one’s prejudice. This is just one example of how the characters in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, try to overcome a person's prejudice, but can’t because of the way their society works, which proves that prejudice is hard to defeat. To continue, Mrs. Dubose was not nice to Jem and Scout in anyway, she was fast to judge them and Atticus without any reason. Often Jem and Scout would find themselves walking by her house on their way to somewhere and if she was on her porch, she was there firing off mean and hateful things about their behavior or what they would end up like. Though it wasn’t Jem or Scout fault that she was doing this, they still tried to stop her prejudice: “We could do nothing to please her. If I said as sunnily as I could, ‘Hey, Mrs. Dubose,’ I would receive for an answer, ‘Don’t you say hey to me, you ugly

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