Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty! In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee isolates characters and depicts ways prejudice is used. Although Boo Radley does not meet many characters during the course of the story, his influence on them is very great. Prejudice is to pre- judge. Boo stays inside his home all day and nobody ever sees him. To begin, the awful consequences of prejudice are shown through Arthur Radley Boo Radley.
The story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, during the mid 1930s. By the end of the novel, Maycomb seems to begin a positive change from prejudice. The most obvious form of prejudice in the novel is racism, which causes otherwise upstanding white citizens of Maycomb to accept the testimony of an obviously corrupt white man over the evidence supporting the testimony from a black man. Tom helps Mayella at great personal expense. He is a cowardly and evil man who is angry about Atticus defending a black man, Tom Robinson and accusing Ewell himself of beating up his own daughter, the same daughter Robinson was accused of raping.
There were distinct views concerning Tom Robinson's innocence — views influenced by prejudice. This town is situated in Alabama. Gilmer, the prosecuting attorney is disrespectful towards Tom. The novels title is a metaphor for both men, each of whom is a mockingbird. A variety of prejudices combine to form the character of the town of Maycomb. Is he a man or a monster? After being isolated for so many years, Boo is developmentally challenged.
A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing-pole behind him. In an incident at a family gathering Francis Finch tells Scout 'Grandma says it's bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he is turning out to be a nigger-lover. We are told the story through the eyes of little girl, Scout, and the day-to-day prejudices she faces amongst society. Then there is Tom Robinson, a hardworking, strong, and innocent man. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Scout and Jem are initially very weary, after all, anything from the Radley property is clearly a danger! Boo has symbolic significance as well. The rules in Maycomb state that no one is allowed to set traps or hunt for game, however these have been bended slightly for the Ewells.
Prejudice is also shown against Boo Radley. Prejudice is strongly evident between these cultures in To Kill The mere fact that Tom was a Negro and Mayella was white gave Mayella the automatic edge to win the case. There are three main types of prejudice: racial prejudice, social prejudice and religious prejudice. She realizes that you should not be afraid of someone before you get to know them. Children can easily be influenced by adults, and often pick up on what they say. The setting for the novel is a fictitious town called Maycomb. Scout has to explain that that's Maycomb's way; white man doesn't like African-American man.
One summer, Scout and Jem meet a neighborhood kid named Dill. Prejudice is a common problem during the early quarter of the twentieth century. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. However, he is African American… 591 Words 2 Pages Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a harsh criticism of Southern prejudice. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that's what they seemed like. The story is being told by a girl named Scout Finch.
Men and women should have equal opportunities and should have the same rights. This shows prejudice because Scout is jumping to conclusions before getting the facts straight and could have at the very least asked her father about something unique he can do. Just read that description Jem gives to his sister and you will understand how much courage the kids need to overcome the superstitions and try to befriend Boo Radley. Through the course of the novel, Harper Lee conveys the idea of prejudice to the reader in a variety of forms — mostly by use of symbolism. The child's perspective from which the story is told really helps to show the progression of prejudice in people and how it is learned, even if it's not spelled out for them but just experienced from watching how adults treat each other and then picking up on that as acceptable behavior. Boo has lost his basic social skills and will not survive outside of his home. She hears a lot of gossip about Boo Radley, and even though he is described as creepy and horrid, when she finally meets him she is not afraid.
Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson are all victims of prejudice, and all three characters are plagued by this. Why does he stay inside all day? Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. One man is the victim of prejudice; Atticus Finch. While Tom Robinson is prejudged because of his color. Boo's Backstory Like people living in the real world, fictional characters are multidimensional, or have many different sides. Sure, imagining Boo as a monster may not have been very nice, but it did make the kids try to figure out how Boo sees the world.
Boo was not given a chance neither. Despite the book itself is a manifest against social inequality, it also states that there are some cases when inequality is what is really needed just to preserve the person, who is not prepared to the most notorious aspects of the world around. The longer Arthur Radley was away from the rest of Maycomb, the larger his air of mysticism grew. More information: If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal:. Scout Finch is tough, always has an opinion, and is a tomboy. Unlike the story however, the racial discrimination and oppression in the novel very accurately portrays what it… 1367 Words 6 Pages Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird In the early twentieth century, the United States was undergoing a dramatic social change. Ewell sees Mayella kiss him.
But not this man, Mr. Almost all of Scouts friends have fathers that are young and able to do things that her father is unable to do because of his age. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Are you sure you want to remove bookConfirmation and any corresponding bookmarks? This proves that even if Mayella is lying, the White community will believe her before the believe any honest or dishonest Black. On the other hand Boo Radley stays hidden most of the time, but we all know he is actually a friend to Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch, like so many individuals in this world, gave up personal gain to fight racism and prejudice.