This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Theme Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1903 words - 8 pages

To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee Show how the theme of prejudice is
explored through the Characters of Boo, Atticus and Scout.

"Show how the theme of prejudice is explored through the Characters of
Boo, Atticus and Scout."

In the following essay I am going to show how the theme of prejudice
is explored through the Characters of Boo, Atticus and Scout.

Prejudice in the novel is directed towards groups as well as individuals.

As the novel progresses, the children's changing attitude toward Boo
Radley is an important measurement of their development from innocence
toward a grown-up moral perspective. At the beginning of the book, Boo
is merely a source of childhood superstition. For Scout and Jem, their
source of adventure was Boo Radley. Boo Radley was the legend of
Maycomb. Scout illustrates the legend of Boo when she explains,
"Inside the house live a malevolent phantom, People said he existed,
but Jem and I had never seen him." In a way, Boo is like ghost,
everyone knows he exists, but no one had ever seen him. All it needed
was a few curious children to reveal the life of this mystery man, and
expose his real true personality. Boo's life had been ruined by
prejudice - the rumours about him. The stories circulating about Boo
kept him away from all the other people, when really, Boo was not
malevolent. In reality, he was just a shy, middle aged man who was
ostracized by the world for his differences. As he leaves Jem and
Scout presents and mends Jems trousers, he gradually becomes
increasingly and intriguingly real to them. At the end of the novel,
he becomes fully human to Scout, illustrating that she has developed
into a sympathetic and understanding individual.

One day, after much thought, Scout asked Dill as to why Boo never
tried to escape from the premises of the "Radley House". His reply to
her came from his twelve year old mind having just witnessed one of
the most prejudiced (but normal for that era, right after the
depression) acts of their time, the Tom Robinson Trial.

"Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to." he said. However, Boo
did not stay locked up in his "prison" forever. He emerged one
Halloween night, when he saved the lives of Jem and Scout. That was
the night he proved to all of Maycomb his real self, not his
fictional, murderous self. Later on in the novel, Scout recites one of
Atticus' favourite adages:

"Atticus was right. One time he said, 'You never really know a man
until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.' Just standing
on the Radley porch was enough."

Atticus Finch is virtually unique in the novel in the respect he has
experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human
capacity for goodness. Atticus understands that, rather than being
simply creatures of good or evil, most people have both good and bad
qualities. The important thing is to appreciate the good qualities and
understand the bad qualities by treating...

Find Another Essay On The Theme of Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4476 words - 18 pages Prejudice is the preconceived opinion of a person or thing. There are three main types of prejudice: racial prejudice, social prejudice and religious prejudice. These three are the types of prejudice most dominant in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. The setting for the novel is a fictitious town called Maycomb. This town is situated in Alabama, south USA. The racial prejudice shown in the novel has a lot to do with the town being situated in the

The Effects of Prejudice in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

1166 words - 5 pages Prejudice is a common problem during the early quarter of the twentieth century. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird this problem is evident in Maycomb. Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson are all victims of prejudice, and all three characters are plagued by this. It affects them all differently; crippling them and disabling them from acting as they wish.In the novel, Boo Radley is a victim of prejudice. Boo Radley is not accepted nor does

ESSAY: The theme of human dignity in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

1504 words - 6 pages despite the colour of their skin. In conclusion, the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee portrays the theme of human dignity. Primarily, the characters Scout, Calpurnia, and Atticus reveal their understanding that all humans are to be treated equally, even in their society full of injustice and prejudice. This essay has analyzed the theme of human dignity and has described how this novel proves that all people, regardless of race, social status, and family history are people of worth.

Theme Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

754 words - 4 pages To Kill A Mockingbird is a story about injustice, racism, and the co-existance of good and evil. These aspects are the result of plot development. In her novel , To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses setting to contribute to the development of the plot. Harper Lee illustrates Maycomb, Alabama as an old and prejudiced town. In the exposition, Scout Finch introduces Maycomb as town where nothing exciting happens, but throughout the novel we see

The Mockingbird Theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

1040 words - 4 pages This novel by Harper Lee has a seemingly curious title to a reader who looks at it in a literal way. Someone may argue that there are no mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird but I beg to differ. An actual mockingbird may not play a large role in this story however the idea and connotation of a mockingbird becomes evident throughout the story in many characters. This is a major theme in the story and is shown through the characters Boo Radley

Prejudice in Maycomb in the 1930's in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2152 words - 9 pages Prejudice in Maycomb in the 1930's in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The prominent theme of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is the portrait of prejudice, in a small southern American town called Maycomb in the 1930’s. Maycomb is believed to be a replica, of the town Monroeville where the author Harper Lee grew up. Her knowledge of the society in Monroeville (Maycomb) enables her to hit the reader with more

To kill a mockingbird Harper Lee The Maturity Of Scout And Jem In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

563 words - 2 pages "It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they do nothing but make music for us to enjoy." This was quoted from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a creative novelist. To Kill a Mockingbird is about a young girl named Jean-Louise Finch, her brother Jeremy Finch and many other characters. Jean- Louise is nick-named Scout and Jeremy is nick-named Jem. Their father Atticus ,who was a lawyer, had been given a case to handle and did not have any

Prejudice In Maycomb. Speaks of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

623 words - 2 pages Two major people in To Kill A Mockingbird are prejudged; Boo Radley and TomRobinson. One man is the victim of prejudice; Atticus Finch. These men are mockingbirds. For amockingbird has never hurt anyone, and neither has Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, nor Tom Robinson. .Boo Radley is prejudged because he chooses to stay in his domicile. While Tom Robinson isprejudged because of his color. Atticus Finch becomes a victim of prejudice due to his

Coming of Age Theme in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

781 words - 4 pages who believes her neighbor, Boo Radley, is a malevolent phantom. Jem’s reaction to the Tom Robinson trial helps Scout to understand many life concepts. Once Boo Radley reveals himself, she sees him as Boo: the human being, and not Boo: the malevolent phantom. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird exhibits a coming of age theme by Boo Radley and Scout’s relationship and Scout’s and Jem’s experiences and life edifications had through the trial. In the

The Mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

2683 words - 11 pages Walt Whitman’s 1859 poem “Out of the Cradle Rocking Endlessly” depicts the mockingbird as a symbol of innocence that chants or sings of fond memories from the past. By contrast, Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960, written almost a century after Whitman’s poem, portrays the mockingbird as innocent but as a fragile creature with horrific memories – memories of discrimination, isolation, and violence. Harper Lee

Prejudice in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird

1051 words - 5 pages Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird “Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudice; you’re taught it” –Charles R Swindoll. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a young girl named Scout who lives in a world filled with prejudice. There are many instances and types of prejudice in the novel. A man named Tom Robinson was convicted for doing a crime he never did because of the color of his skin. To this day, Tom would

Similar Essays

Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1018 words - 5 pages “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is the court.”-Atticus Finch. (Lee page 190) To Kill a Mockingbird is a story told by a young girl named Scout. Throughout the novel you watch scout grow up and learn about

Prejudice In How To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

3224 words - 13 pages spite of the importance of these concepts, the most far-reaching theme is how prejudice and education coincide, or, more accurately, how prejudice and a lack of education coincide (Theme 1). In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee explores how a normally rational person’s ability to reason can be tainted by prejudice, even subconsciously. Rarely do the characters in Lee’s novel make an effort to be cruel, but in the 1930s South, prejudice was less about

Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

618 words - 2 pages vision not clouded by prejudice. Harper Lee chooses to demonstrate prejudice often throughout this book and in some of those instances she shows it being overcome. The book illustrates many ways of how people can look through a frosted window and not see a clear picture of the world. Instead their view is clouded by prejudice against others because of social standing and race. She also shows the efforts of people like Atticus and the

Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

819 words - 3 pages The Road to Prejudicial Acceptance Scout's perception of prejudice is evolved through countless experiences in Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird. Written in the nineteen thirties, To Kill a Mockingbird promotes the understanding of self-discovery through Scout, an intelligent and outspoken child living with respectable family in Maycomb County, Alabama. Throughout various encounters in the novel, Harper Lee causes Scout's perspective to