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Racial Prejudice Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is A story of a biased trial filled with an extreme amount of racial prejudice. The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, during the mid 1930s. The story is being told by a girl named Scout Finch. Scout witnessed her father Atticus Finch, a successful lawyer, stand trial with a suspected rapist Tom Robinson. Tom was a black man who lived in a small town filled with many prejudiced people. The victim, Mayella Ewell, the daughter of Bob Ewell, tells her story of what happened the afternoon that changed Tom Robinsons life forever. Racial prejudice was a horrible thing that happened quite often in the 1930s. Tom was a harmless man but his skin color ended up ...view middle of the document...

But none of the Finch family let any of the nonsense phase them. Atticus tried numerous times during the story especially during trial to prove Tom's innocence but, the horrible situation taking place during the time period it did made it hard for Tom to get the respect to be heard. Even though many people came to the trial they never actually gave Tom the benefit of the doubt. Scout said during the trial," You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." Toms skin has a lot to do with the way people saw him.
Many things happened after the trial was all over and Tom Robinson was found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson was shot because he tried to escape from prison. Atticus was the one who had to go tell his family what happened with the help of Calpurnia. Also, Bob Ewell tried to kill Jim and Scout more than likely because they were Atticus' children and he was still upset that Atticus represented Tom in court. Bob ended up getting stabbed by a Boo Radley a guy in town with a bad reputation. Whenever Atticus found out Jem and Scout had been...

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