The Prevalence Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird
Prevalent means most frequent or commonly widespread. Prejudice is a strong unreasonable feeling of disliking or not trusting someone. The novel: To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee, is a story in the setting of a fictional sleepy town called Maycomb in 1930's Alabama. The novel is about a young, intelligent daughter of a lawyer, called Jean Louise Finch, (known as Scout) and her adventures in a world of injustice and racism. Prejudice is a main theme, as it is demonstrated in many different ways by many characters in the story, such as Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson. There is a prevalence of prejudice in the story.
A victim of prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird is Boo (Arthur) …show more content…
He is an innocent black man who Atticus is defending. Tom is a victim of prejudice because of the colour of his skin. When Tom was in the Maycomb County Jail, a lynch mob came, threatening Atticus: '"You know what we want"..."Get aside from the door, Mr Finch"'. This just proves how much racial injustice there was between white people and black people, and that a group would go to the extent of murdering Tom even before the legal trial. Another example of prejudice against Tom is in his trial, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom of raping his daughter, Mayella, '"I seen that black ni***r yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!'". Bob has no evidence and is dishonestly blaming Tom for something he didn't do, when if a white man had done the same, he certainly would not have been convicted. Tom Robinson is a huge example of the people of Maycomb being prejudical.
There is a prevalence of prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird. Lee has demonstrated prejudice in her novel through the victims: Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson. Boo Radley is discriminated for being mysterious and seldom leaving his house; Atticus Finch is discriminated for believing in justice and defending black people; and finally, Tom Robinson is discriminated for the colour of his skin. The author, Harper Lee, has incorporated the theme of prejudice largely in her