Different Prejudices Used in Harper Lee’s to Kill a Mockingbird

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A prejudiced society is usually ignorant of its flaws, many prejudiced people do not realise the extent of their hypocrisy. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Scout and Jem encounter prejudice in their little southern town of Maycomb, in which many social divisions exist. Maycomb County harbours many kinds of prejudices, and this lack of acceptance negatively affects many characters, which are stereotyped based on their race, economic status and level of education. Firstly, the 1930’s have large amounts of racial tension between strangers, neighbour, and even fellow family members. The white community feels that the black people are beneath them in the world. There is evidence of this inside the courthouse during the Tom Robinson trial. Mr. Gilmer becomes outraged that Tom accidently admitted to feeling sorry for Mayella, who is a white woman. He is so angry that he hollers at Tom “[y]ou felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her” (264). In the 1930’s, black people are still “below” white people in the world. So when a black man feels sympathy for a white person, no matter her situation, it is taken as disrespect and the black people suffer consequences. The white people are not the only people who dislike different races. Although some are very kind to white people and wish for equality, others are just as disrespectful as the white people. Jem and Scout experienced a black person lashing out on them when they go with Calpurnia to First Purchase Church. While entering, Lula starts to complain to Calpurnia about them. Lula complains that “[Calpurnia] ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here – they got their church, we got our’n” (158). Lula is offended that Calpurnia is allowing white people to accompany her to the black’s church. She feels that church is where race does not matter and now Calpurnia is bringing in another race which may leave to

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