Essay The Prejudice Of Kill A Mockingbird By Nelle Harper Lee

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Novel Prejudice: Why To Kill A Mockingbird Was Banned
To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Nelle Harper Lee, was published in 1960 and immediately became successful. However, starting in 1977, the book was challenged and even banned from many school districts due to the themes presented by the novel such as profanity, rape, and most importantly, racism (American Literature Association). Challenges and critiques of the novel were common up until the mid 2000s, but To Kill A Mockingbird was banned because of the timeframe it was published in, and the failure of the censor’s part to really understand the message that Harper Lee was trying to convey. (May)
The novel is in first person point of view and the speaker is Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. In the first part of the novel, Scout simply narrates her everyday life, in which she has a brother named Jem, a friend who comes to Maycomb, her hometown, every summer, and a wise father and lawyer, Atticus Finch (Felty). Atticus teaches her not to prejudge anyone, as he says, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (Lee 28). This was especially true when he was assigned a rape case in where the convicted was Tom Robinson, a black man. The case and the latter death of Robinson brings the prejudice side of Maycomb that make Scout and Jem think about, “I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that’s what they seemed like” (Lee 217). Lee uses her novel to critique…

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