Prejudice Leads To Injustice Essay

928 words - 4 pages

Prejudice leads to injustice
Throughout this classic piece of literature written by Harper Lee, injustice and prejudice acts by the townspeople are the main focal points of the story with many examples present in the novel. Boo Radley, Atticus, and Tom Robinson are all examples of prejudice and superstition that leads to injustice. Boo Radley is the main example of superstition and Tom Robinson is the main example of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Boo Radley is the subject of both prejudice and superstitious beliefs made by the people of Maycomb. Rumors of Boo's nightly activities have turned him into an idol of gossip and a man who is feared throughout Maycomb. He has acquired a ...view middle of the document...

The Radleys have never done anything wrong in town, and the townspeople of Maycomb have no basis for their superstitions. We as the readers know that but none of the characters do which creates a sense of sorrow and pity for Boo Radley. In the end, Scout finds out that Boo Radley is a nice kind shy boy who hasn’t done any of these malicious actions, but because mainly every townsperson in Maycomb hasn’t seen him for around fifteen years, the rumors will go on about Boo Radley forever.
The first and main character affected by prejudice acts is Atticus Finch. Almost all of Scouts friends have fathers or father figures that are young and able to certain activities Atticus cannot do. This shows prejudice because automatically Scout is assuming before ever really getting the hardcore facts straight and could have at the very least asked her father about something unique he can do. Later we find out Atticus has amazing aim with a gun. The second incident of prejudice towards Atticus is when he is called “nigger lover” for agreeing to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. The third example of prejudice towards Mr. Finch is when Bob Ewell spits on Atticus’s face after the trial for defending Tom Robinson, (What kind of man are you!) Bob Ewell. Bobs Ewell says this after he finds out Atticus is going to do his very best to defend Tom.
The third and probably the worst case of prejudice were with Tom Robinson. Near the beginning of the book, we find out that Tom Robinson, a black man, has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewells daughter: ...

Find Another Essay On prejudice leads to injustice

TKM Essay

1395 words - 6 pages result of being punished unfairly, Tom becomes depressed and tries to run from prison, but is shot and killed while attempting to escape. This terrible injustice proves a point. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is not a love (agape) story because despite characters’ attempts to communicate understanding, various forms of prejudice occur, and injustice against innocent individuals results. Some characters try to communicate

Romeo And Juliet. Expository Essay

550 words - 2 pages Romeo and JulietExpository EssayRomeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, is a play which shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence. Prejudice leads to violence shown in the play when the feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets fight. In each case, disruption, fighting, injuries and death occur. Also, the prejudice against the two families never got resolved because they were enemies. The prejudice started in Act one Scene one, when the

Racial Prejudice in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird

1366 words - 5 pages prejudice about how Boo Radley looks and acts leads to ignorance and blindness in actually knowing the truth about him. This biased mindset is observable in the children, because they are brought up in a discriminatory society and they automatically consider everything through a prejudiced outlook. Jem spreading this to Dill shows how this attitude is persistent, and quickly travels through children as well as adults, causing more ignorance

To Kill A Mocking Bird

1041 words - 5 pages To Kill a Mocking Bird In Harper Lee's rites-of-passage novel 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', the theme of prejudice and injustice is portrayed in many aspects of the narrative, and suggests that out-casts and misfits of society cannot escape the callous effects of discrimination in the conventional town of Maycomb. Through the protagonist's eyes Jean Louise Finch also known as Scout, we are shown the harsh and insensitive circumstances the victimized

To kill a mockingbird

982 words - 4 pages To Kill a Mocking Bird In Harper Lee's rites-of-passage novel 'To Kill a Mocking Bird', the theme of prejudice and injustice is portrayed in many aspects of the narrative, and suggests that out-casts and misfits of society cannot escape the callous effects of discrimination in the conventional town of Maycomb. Through the protagonist's eyes Jean Louise Finch also known as Scout, we are shown the harsh and insensitive circumstances the victimized

Justice in David Williamson's "The Removalist" and Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird"

842 words - 3 pages , a metaphoric symbol of a "mockingbird", "don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy" and he clearly experiences injustice because of the white society's corruption of the system. Thus, while the society holds prejudice against all African-Americans, the individual perception illustrates the injustice they are suppressed under.Comparably, in The Removalist, Simmonds, who represents social justice, is only one member of the police who

Prejudice and discrimination in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

5933 words - 24 pages color, to their race is nonsense.In the novel Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are innocent and alienated character who were treated within injustice because of society's prejudice. Both of characters face prejudice and discrimination of Maycomb County society. In Maycomb almost every person alienates Arthur Radley. People of Maycomb choose to believe what they hear about Arthur because "people generally see what they look for, and hear what they

Victims of Prejudice

1036 words - 5 pages Everywhere we go, we see people who experience prejudice from other people. Prejudice is an act of injustice toward other people based on stereotypes and other unreliable data. It creates embarrassment, hate, and fear to some people everyday. In this modern-day and age, it is unbelievable to think that people still suffer from the ignorance of prejudice. Through these articles “Black Men and Public Space,” by Brent Staples and


573 words - 2 pages its relationship to culture, racial and ethnic inequality. Myrdal concluded that prejudice was a "Vicious Cycle." He states that once an individual (or group) is prejudice, that prejudice is passed on to his/her children, the to theirs, and so on. The vicious cycle also outlines how a dominant group can use its power to force a minority group into an inferior status. This inferior status then creates a prejudice that leads to discrimination. The

Huck Finn comparison Wild Cat Falling 12 Angry Men

668 words - 3 pages clear that all composers are critical of the racial attitude of many prejudiced people in society. Another common theme is injustice. However, this theme varies according to the text. In HF and WCF the injustice is evident towards the black race. In WCF, injustice is demonstrated by the prejudiced attitudes of the jury.The selected texts raise the universal issue of prejudice. In the novel, Huckleberry Finn, Twain demonstrates social prejudice of

Racial Segregation and Prejudice in “Brownies”

1137 words - 5 pages group of black girl encountering another group of white girls who happened to be mentally-challenged, puts on table the unfairness and injustice experienced by the world. The irony lies in that the blacks are now portrayed as superior than whites here because of their mentally challenged conditions. Hatred is the major underlying cause for continued racism and prejudice, which leads to violence and retaliation. “Even though I didn’t fight to

Similar Essays

"To Kill A Mockingbird": How Does Harper Lee Use The Character Of Atticus Finch To Persuade Us Of Her Point Of View About Prejudice And Injustice?

995 words - 4 pages Atticus Finch is one of the major characters in the novel who is held in high regard in the community of Maycomb. Atticus, as the father of Scout and Jem, is the role model and pillar of support for them as they develop through life. Harper Lee has deliberately created Atticus and given him certain characteristics to voice her own views and opinions on issues of prejudice and injustice. Atticus is a man with high morals and respects all people

Injustice Is A Threat To Justice Everwhere Sydney Boys Essay

1427 words - 6 pages prejudice towards women is a threat to justice, as women’s get branded as ‘objects’, which leads to a statement in the community ‘that all women are less than men’, which is misunderstood and led to an event such as Tracy’s rape. This depicts the prejudice created towards women and how minor injustice could lead to a tragic event. Martin Luther’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, portrays the prejudice towards African-American and that they are none other than

"To Kill A Mockingbird": Justice And Support From 3 Additional Sources

1282 words - 5 pages - equality towards all. Racial segregation and discrimination always leads to prejudice, which in turn leads to injustice. Along the path to justice, all humans must overcome racial barriers, prejudice and bias in order to reach our goal of true equality.

To Kill A Mockingbird Written Task

899 words - 4 pages To Kill a Mockingbird Written TaskIn the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee strongly criticizes prejudice of any kind, positioning readers to view prejudice through her invited reading, as well as a number of characters and discourses presented in the novel. Harper Lee positions readers to understand "To Kill a Mockingbird", as a story which highlights the serious issues of prejudice, discrimination and injustice which occurred during