Prejudice, Discrimination, By Patrick O ' Donnell. Essay

1177 Words Mar 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Patrick O’Donnell
TKAM essay
Some might believe discrimination can only apply to people of different skin color. Discrimination is defined as the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing is perceived to belong to rather than on individual merit. Many may overlook discrimination in To Kill A Mockingbird, by only two races. Many characters in the book are treated differently by what family they were born into, or what part of town they live in. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, discrimination does not only apply to race, but also to, economic class, reputation, and gender, which can affect the situations that take place in Maycomb County, Alabama.
Economic classes, can create discrimination, because in the town of Maycomb, classes are set by what family one was born into. Characters in TKAM are discriminated against in the town of Maycomb based on where you live and who you were born to. There is barely any sign of hope for families like the Ewells or the Cunninghams. Although families like the Finches, who own property and have occupations will always live prosperous lives. This can be categorized as discrimination because the people of maycomb classify people not based on their character within but what kind of money they make, or house they live in. When Scout is forced to have Walter Cunningham over, she is taught a lesson…

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