How Does Harper Lee Use Racial Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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TKAM Essay To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a novel that focuses on a young girl’s coming of age and her experiences. However, a major theme in this novel is racial prejudice. Racial prejudice is an insidious moral and social disease affecting people all over the world. Back in the early 1990’s discrimination against blacks and other races was very strong and very much alive. In the town of Maycomb, racial prejudice was everywhere you walked. It was present in the schools, the town center, and every home in the small, southern town. Not only was there discrimination against blacks, but there was also discrimination against the people who defended the blacks, and white people in general. As we all know from previous history classes, discrimination against…show more content…
White people believed that they were the most powerful, the most intelligent, and therefore, the best race of all. This misbelief lead to white people hating and treating other races like they were just dirt. One example of this misleading opinion is events that occurred in the courtroom. Today, our government is one of the strongest and most fair governments out in the world. Be that as it may, the government in the time To Kill a Mockingbird was written was not the fairest government especially when it came to trials of black people. Whenever a black man was convicted, it was automatically assumed that he committed the crime he was being accused of doing. So no matter the evidence given in the trial the black man was most of the time seen guilty. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is put to trial under the case that he rapped and beat Mayella Ewell. Even though there was no true evidence that Tom was the person who commited this crime, he was still found guilty and put to death. Tom was an innocent man who did not deserve his death sentence. Yet, the

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