The Theme of Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee Show how the theme of prejudice is explored through the Characters of Boo, Atticus and Scout.

"Show how the theme of prejudice is explored through the Characters of
Boo, Atticus and Scout."

In the following essay I am going to show how the theme of prejudice is explored through the Characters of Boo, Atticus and Scout.

Prejudice in the novel is directed towards groups as well as individuals.

As the novel progresses, the children's changing attitude toward Boo
Radley is an important measurement of their development from innocence toward a grown-up moral perspective. At the beginning of the book, Boo is merely a source of childhood superstition. For Scout and Jem, their source of
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"Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to." he said. However, Boo did not stay locked up in his "prison" forever. He emerged one
Halloween night, when he saved the lives of Jem and Scout. That was the night he proved to all of Maycomb his real self, not his fictional, murderous self. Later on in the novel, Scout recites one of
Atticus' favourite adages:

"Atticus was right. One time he said, 'You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.' Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."

Atticus Finch is virtually unique in the novel in the respect he has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human capacity for goodness. Atticus understands that, rather than being simply creatures of good or evil, most people have both good and bad qualities. The important thing is to appreciate the good qualities and understand the bad qualities by treating others with sympathy and trying to see life from their perspective. He tries to teach this ultimate moral lesson to Jem and Scout to show them that it is possible to live with conscience without losing hope or becoming cynical. In this way, Atticus is able to admire Mrs. Dubose's courage even while deploring her racism. He serves as a different type of

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