Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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Harper Lee 's “To Kill a Mockingbird,” set in Maycomb, Alabama, is a story of a small town with a narrow-minded perspective of the world. Through town gossip, and the discrimination that goes hand-in-hand with Southern U.S.A in the 1930 's, a great deal of prejudice takes place. Arguably, prejudice is most crucial theme in Harper Lee 's novel. Throughout the story, Maycomb 's townspeople are wrongfully judged by their race, family, and social status.

One good representation of prejudice is racism. This is shown through the case of Mayella Ewell vs Tom Robbinson. Black people are considered guilty until proven guilty. Atticus proved to the readers that Tom was innocent. He couldn 't have hit someone on their right side when his left arm didn 't work. Reverend Sykes told Jem not to be so confident that Tom would be pronounced innocent, because “[he] ain 't ever seen any jury decide in favour of a coloured man over a white man”(208). Black people aren 't given the same right to a fair trial as white people. By choosing to take on the case, Atticus is treated poorly for defending a black man. His children get teased at school, and townspeople talk about them as they pass. Francis makes Scout mad by telling her that “ 'Grandma says it 's bad enough [Atticus] lets [his children] run wild, but now he 's turned out a nigger-lover [the Finches will] never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He 's ruinin ' the family '”(83). There 's a more negative view of the Finch…

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