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Society Destroys Itself Essay

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There are many different destructive forces in the world that can ruin society and destroy one’s morals. Selfishness, arrogance, resentment, but out of all that, racism and prejudice against others is the worst. Discrimination is best apparent in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird when Lee shows the horrible prejudice that Tom Robinson, a falsely convicted black man, and Boo Radley, a neighbor who never leaves the house. Both characters received different type of discrimination, but in the end, both of their lives are damaged due to the prejudice. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, discrimination against Tom and Boo demonstrates the theme that due to its close-mindedness, society can ...view middle of the document...

The people of Maycomb believe that only black people lie, when the truth is everyone lies. The dangers of stereotypes can influence people to make wrong decisions and to believe those who are deceitful. Bob Ewell’s deception reinforces the fact that everybody lies, not just black people. Moreover, this racism towards Tom also shows how the narrow-mindedness juries can ruin a life, “If you have been on that jury, son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man.” (295) If only the jury are those who had not been sucked into the world of racism, Tom would have been a free man. However, that is not what happened, society put an innocent man on trial and let injustice people decide his fate. The close-mindedness of society destroyed a man.
Boo Radley is another victim of discrimination. He is constantly facing social prejudice, when he has not done anything except be a reclusive neighbor that never steps out of his house. Due to his lifestyle, he is constantly being judged by the people of Maycomb. For example, Scout, Dill and Jem all have not met Boo ever, but they make an assumptions on how he looks based on what others say about him, “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that run across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” (16) This shows how it does not matter how young or old a person is , they can still show unjust prejudice. The kids make up lies and rumors about who Boo is based on what they hear from others. Another example of how the town of Maycomb pushes Boo out due to discrimination is when they all blamed Boo for all the bad things that happen in the town, “When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work. Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events; people’s chicken and household pets were found mutilated;...

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