To Kill a Mockingbird: the Theme of Prejudice Essay

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To Kill A Mockingbird: The Theme of Prejudice

The theme of prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird is much more than just a case of black and white. The entire novel is about prejudice in it's many forms, the most prominent case of prejudice is the racism and hate between the blacks and whites. The whole town of Maycomb is based on stereotypes of it's inhabitants, that are passed down from generation to generation. Rumors run rampid and very little truth is usually in them.

"So Jem received most of his information from Miss Stephanie Crawford, a neighbor scold, she said she knew the whole thing. According to Miss Stephanie, Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some items from The Maycomb Tribune to paste in his
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He didn't forget his lunch, he didn't have any. He had none today nor would he have any tomorrow or the next day. He had probably never seen three quarters together at the same time in his life.

I tried again: "Walter's one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline." "I beg your pardon, Jean Louise?" "That's okay, ma'am, you'll get to know all the county folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can't pay back-no church baskets... " (Chapter 2, page 20)

That quote isn't really prejudice, but it shows how stereotypical the town is and how it's residents consider it common knowledge that all Cunninghams are dirt poor and don't take charity. There are many different forms of prejudice and I think Harper Lee did a pretty good job of incorporating most of them into her novel. the most common form of prejudice is prejudice against people of another race or religion. In other words racism. Another type of prejudice is against people that are from a different place then you. For instance in the novel Jem and Dill got into a little argument about which county was better, the people from Maycomb, or the people from Meridian.

"But Dill got him the third day, when he told Jem that folks in Meridian certainly weren't as afraid as the folks in Maycomb, that he'd never seen such scary folks as the ones in

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