Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is the court.”-Atticus Finch. (Lee page 190) To Kill a Mockingbird is a story told by a young girl named Scout. Throughout the novel you watch scout grow up and learn about the things around her. She is introduced to racism and stereotypes. Scout learns that not everything is what it seems because of these prejudicial thoughts. There is the unfair trial of Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell in Maycomb that opens her eyes to ...view middle of the document...

Another instance this is shown in is that even though Calpurnia is black she is a member of the family, she is almost like a substitute mother. She is a hired worker and part of the family, which Atticus tries explaining to his sister. "Alexandra, Calpurnia's not leaving this house ... until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn't have got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family and you'll simply have to accept things the way they are, and another thing, the children love her.” (Murray 6)
Tom Robinson, Atticus’s client, has no chance of getting justice. The jury will take a white mans word over a black mans. Because of the courts prejudicial beliefs everything Tom says is scrutinized. ‘“You're a mighty good fellow, it seems—did all this for not one penny?’ ‘Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em’ ‘You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?" Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling. The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done. Below us, nobody liked Tom Robinson's answer. Mr. Gilmer paused a long time to let it sink in.”(Lee 197) In the book Dill is astonished by the treatment of Tom. Scout explains it as,”Well Dill, afterall hes just a negro.” (Saney 3)Unfortunately that is all he is thought of by the people of Maycomb, and the people of the court.
Tom is eventually found guilty of raping mayella with but one arm. Thats when Scout figures out it does not matter the situation, but your race. (Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature 1) "Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed." (Lee 241)...

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