Prejudice Speech Essay

585 WordsMar 14, 20133 Pages
Prejudice is a faint light in a dark room. It impairs our sight, thoughts and actions. Anyone can look at objects near the light but not everyone can see into the darkness. We fear darkness simply because we are unfamiliar to it. In our lives, we see people who we immediately have negative thoughts about someone simply because we are a little different to them. Prejudice is wrong however not uncommon. Both Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man present many confronting scenes of prejudice. The techniques used within the texts changes the reader’s attitude towards prejudice. Harper Lee explores prejudice in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by illustrating both racial and social prejudice. The title ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ refers to the persecution of Tom Robinson and prejudice of Boo Radley who were both treated unfairly simply because of their differences. Prejudice is shown through Tom Robinson’s court case. Atticus mentions in the text that Tom’s only crime was feeling sorry for a white woman. A mockingbird only to be killed by the white people of Maycomb. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.... that’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Harper Lee is displaying how far prejudice can go with the domino effect. Tom Robinson, an innocent man trialled guilty, leading to his death and soon the distraught of his family members. All because of obstinacy. Harper Lee’s attitude towards prejudice is bitter. This is due to a trial she heard of, involving nine young black men being accused of raping two white women. Just like the novel, despite the defendants being proven innocent they were convicted. Harper Lee uses tragedy to convey the idea of prejudice. The death of Tom Robinson is a quick escalation from the trial. The technique of escalating the tragedy quickly provides no time for the reader to recover from

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