Prejudices In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Why are different races and social classes treated so differently? Why was education so horrible at some points in time? Two of the characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are Jem and Scout. When Jem and Scout are growing up, they find out that many things are not as they seem. Certain people are not treated as well as others just because of the color of their skin, how they live, educational status, or even on just urban legend. At courthouses back then, blacks had to sit in a balcony. Many people in this time were so uneducated that they couldn’t read out of hymn books at church, if they had any. Harper Lee wrote a story to express the different kinds of prejudice and educational ...view middle of the document...

Life as a Negro in 1930’s southern Alabama was a hard way of life, there was also prejudices against whites for their social class.
Social class prejudice is another thing that this novel portrays very well with how the Ewell family is treated differently. Mayella Ewell is lonely because she lives in a dirty white trash family that none of the whites like because of her family and none of the Negros can be with her because she’s white. White people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she was white (Lee 256). Even though she was white, she was treated differently because of how she lived. On the subject of the Ewell family, the Ewell kids were poorly educated because they only went to school one day out of the year and no one cared at all because they were such nuisance. He said that the Ewells were members of an exclusive society made up of Ewells (Lee 41). If Scout was not to go to school then someone would come looking for her to get her to school, but as previously stated, it was easier just to let the Ewells stay home. Then there was aunt Alexandra, within Maycomb County she could tell others about everyone in the whole town and why she was better than them. There was indeed a caste system in Maycomb, but to my mind it worked this way: the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable to one another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gesture, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by time (Lee 175). Because of their last names, everyone in town had some kind of reputation, whether it was a good one or not. So even as a hard working white person, you could be discriminated on for any little reason, even about your educational status....

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