The Theme Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“To Kill a Mocking Bird” is a novel which was written by Harper Lee. In my essay I will discuss how Harper Lee explores the theme of prejudice by looking at the writing techniques and how they affect people.

To Kill a Mocking Bird is a novel that explores prejudice in a small American town in the Deep South. It is set during the depression. One of the main features that the novel explores is the theme of racial prejudice. In the novel Tom Robinson is being persecuted for the rape of a white woman, which he never committed. He is purely being prosecuted for being black but when Atticus who is a white lawyer is defending him in court he becomes somewhat outlawed in the white community. Atticus ignores the comments made by the white majority population and does not give in to the pressure of the community. This is apparent when Atticus says “I’m simply defending a negro… There’s been high talk around the town to the effect that I shouldn’t do much about defending this man.” This is an important quote as it shows us Atticus’s will defend anyone no-matter what their race is. We learn from this that prejudice seems to focus mainly on physical appearance and how someone looks. In this case it is the colour of Tom’s skin. The writer makes the point that in the community people are singled out purely because of the way that they look.

Prejudice within the white community is another theme that is explored in the novel. In the novel the member of the white community being singled out is Boo Radley. Boo Radley is singled out by almost everyone in the white community including Scout. Scout singling out Boo is important because it is part of the novels narrative which is that the events are seen from the innocent, non biased point of view...

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