Essay Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1512 Words Apr 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Prejudice is the act of preconceiving a biased opinion or judgment based on ones assumptions. To Kill a Mockingbird by author Harper Lee effectively presents the act of prejudice and compassion in small Maycomb County, Alabama, and explains the fact that “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Told through the eyes and mind of future Jean Louise Finch (Scout), the novel accounts for a series of flashbacks about when she was a child; mainly focusing on her role of maturation, experiencing unique circumstances, and discovering the world around her. To Kill a Mockingbird conveys prejudice and compassion against many characters in the novel. From the discriminatory rumours and comments about Boo Radley, the hatred towards Atticus Finch for defending a black man, to the false accusing of Tom Robinson for a crime he did not commit, prejudice and compassion plays quite an active role in this novel.
Firstly, Arthur Radley, otherwise known as “Boo,” experiences extreme prejudice as the town unites to gossip and interpret negative feelings and rumours about him. To begin with, many rumours and stories about Boo being crazy make their way around town. “As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parents leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities” (Lee 13). This story is what leads people to believe that this is the reason why Boo…

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