To Kill a Mockingbird and Harry Potter Comparasin Essay

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Racism and Social Inequality: Text to Text Comparison To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written in 1960 by Harper Lee. The novel addresses the issue of racism and inequalities in the social structure in the American south during the Great Depression. The novel’s main protagonist is Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer and in the novel, he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The novel focuses on the racial issues that form around this case. Another, much different, literary work that also deals with similar issues of inequality is the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter series, written by J.K Rowling, focuses on the inequalities in a fictional world of wizards. Similar …show more content…
The reason for their disapproval is that Atticus is defending a black man in court. Atticus is not the only one to be criticised for supporting a black man, Jem and Finch are also bothered because of who their father supports: “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace…” (Lee, 76). The Finch family is disliked by many in Maycomb because Atticus is defending a black person, even though they are white. Similarly, in Harry Potter, the Weasleys are regarded by many as disgraceful. The Weasley are a very old pureblood family, however, they are still frowned upon by many in the wizarding community. The reason for this is that Arthur Weasley loves muggles and is very interested in learning more about them. Comparably to Atticus, he feels muggles should be treated with respect and using his job in the Ministry of Magic, creates a new act protecting muggle rights. His fascination and support for muggles is the reason he is often frowned upon by other families that are purebloods, such as the Malfoys. Mr. Malfoy states the following about Arthur Weasley and his Muggle Protection Act “There are rumors about a new Muggle Protection Act – no doubt that flea-bitten Arthur Weasley is behind it” (Rowling, 43). At school, the Weasley children, especially Ron, are often bullied and mistreated by kids from other families, such as Draco Malfoy, because of their father’s wanting to help the cause of muggles. This can be seen when Draco Malfoy says to his friend, impersonated by

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