Essay on To Kill a Mockingbird and the Merchant of Venice

862 Words Nov 5th, 2012 4 Pages
Stereotypes are saying bad things about someone because they belong in a certain group or race Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird both are based on the theme of stereotypes. In the next 3 paragraphs I will talk about stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Merchant of Venice, and finally compare the stereotypes in both. There are many stereotypes and these 2 stories contain many that are alike.

One big theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is stereotypes. First of all there is a stereotype that scout should wear a dress and act more like a girl because she is a tomboy. Aunt Alexandra says this. “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I
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This quote tells us that Antonio has done bad things to Shylock, and since Antonio is such high class he looks down upon Jews as if they were nothing. Secondly Portia stereotypes he suitors as Nerissa describes them.”I pray thee, over-name them, and as thou namest them, I will describe them and according to my description, level at my affection” (II, ii, 35-37). This quote shows Portia is just describing her suitors from where they’re from but she hasn’t even met them yet. Finally there is Jessica who is different from and doesn’t follow any stereotypes by following Lorenzo who is Christian.” But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit” (II, iiiiiii, 36-37). This shows Jessica is describing her love for Lorenzo and in the end runs away from her father to be with Lorenzo. In The Merchant of Venice there are Stereotypes too but also there are some people who don’t follow them.

Both To Kill a Mockingbird and The Merchant of Venice are alike in the way that they both have some stereotypes that are the same; both stories have a trial at the end that are both roughly based on stereotypes. Tom Robinson who is voted guilty although the evidence is in his favor because the jury stereotypes that he is black and Shylock wants revenge on Antonio who has stereotyped Shylock being a Jew.( To begin with this case should have never come to trial (203). .” You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gabardine” (I,

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