How Does Aunt Alexandra Present Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The story is set in Maycomb in the Southern states of America where there were many black people still living in segregation. In the time the story was set the people of Maycomb treated black people as a minority and referred to them as ‘niggers’ Anybody who associated with black people were seen as ‘nigger lovers’ and were also frowned upon and even discriminated. Maycomb is portrayed to be a very welcoming place for white people where as black people were not particularly welcome at all. To refer to someone of a different colour with a negative name such as a ‘nigger’ is an act of racist prejudice and suggest that because someone is of a different colour or ethnicity that they should be treated with disrespect and ultimately treated inhumanly. The character Aunt Alexandra introduced in chapter 16 is a perfect example of the prejudice taking place against Atticus’ house keeper, Calpurnia. “Don’t talk like that in front them” This quote from Aunt Alexandra suggest prejudice because she refers to Calpurnia as ‘them’ suggesting that Calpurnia; a black woman, is treated as not human, maybe an ‘alien’ and not that of any other white person in that time. Calpurnia is ultimately treated as a minority and seen ‘less’ of that of a white person by some but not however by Atticus, Scout, Jem and…show more content…
The title of the story ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is very significant to the case of Tom Robinson. Mockingbirds are seen to be innocent birds that mind their own business and don’t harm anything or anyone. Harper Lee uses a Mockingbird as a metaphor to describe Tom Robinson as innocent and harmless. And to kill it would be immoral and totally unprovoked, like the community of Maycomb wanting to convict and kill Tom Robinson of something he clearly did not
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