A Study of the Different Types of Prejudice Depicted in 'to Kill a Moc

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A Study of the Different Kinds of Prejudice in, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird'

Prejudice is the preconceived opinion of a person or thing. There are three main types of prejudice: racial prejudice, social prejudice and religious prejudice. These three are the types of prejudice most dominant in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird'. The setting for the novel is a fictitious town called Maycomb. This town is situated in Alabama, south USA. The racial prejudice shown in the novel has a lot to do with the town being situated in the southern United States. This is because there was a lot of racism in the southern United States in the 1930's. This racism mainly originated from the civil war, which lasted from 1875 to 1883. The northern, more
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The end line also shows the town's isolation from the rest of the USA and the remoteness of the town. The town is very old fashioned. This is shown when Scout talks about the ‘men's stiff collars'. The old-fashioned attitudes lead to the community being prejudice. The poverty and lack of outside influence causes prejudice. Maycomb rejects outside influences because of the old fashioned views. The town's backwardness is highlighted by the way in which there are no activities or past times in Maycomb except gardening.

"a day was twenty four hours long but seemed longer."

This is emphasised when Jem says,

"Don't have any picture shows here."

These quotes emphasise the restricted and backward views the people hold. It is apparent that the authorities do not wish for any outside interference, when during Scout's current affairs lesson it is said that:

"few rural children had access to newspapers!" This shows that there was no wish for the town to change. The outside influences would soon be expelled in later generations as the children are brought up to live by the insular views of Maycomb. This means that the prejudicial attitudes of the people in Maycomb would remain unchanged and unchallenged. Religion is very important to the people of Maycomb as it means old ideas are

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