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Teaching About Prejudice Through To Kill A Mockingbird

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Why should To Kill a Mockingbird be published? One good reason is because To Kill a Mockingbird is a great read about the human dignity that connects people of all sorts. It helps students realize that life was not exactly fair in the 1930s. The lack of humane behavior is shocking and will arouse some students, plus increase their knowledge of history in the 1930s by way of telling the story through a child’s perspective.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, there were numerous examples of American realities that can relate to those of today. For instance, Southern women followed some sort of southern code of conduct, because most ladies conducted themselves in the same manner. They all grew into women who were well-mannered, wore frilly, lacy dresses, and were rather good at embroidery. An example of this is when Aunt Alexandra comes to the Finch house to help take care of Jem and Scout while Atticus is at the trial fighting for Tom Robinson. Aunt Alexandra explained that “It won’t be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys” (Lee 127). This comment suggests that the only things girls need to understand are boys and clothes. Aunt Alexandra does not mention any of Scout’s good traits, like her intelligence, education, and personality. At one point in the story, Scout notices that Aunt Alexandra “chose protective garments that drew up her bosom to giddy heights, pinched her waist, flared out her rear, and managed to suggest that Aunt Alexandra was once an hour-glass figure” (Lee 128). Aunt Alexandra hoped that Scout would be influenced to be more feminine by inviting ladies over for lunch and telling her to wear more proper lady clothes.
Another example takes place after the trial, when Jem is appalled at the decision the court makes in response to Tom Robinson's case. Jem asks Atticus, "Why don't people like us and Miss Maudie ever sit on juries?" (Lee 221). Atticus's reply was, "… Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury...

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