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The message of To Kill a Mockingbird is that people often have prejudiced incorrect opinions of people which should be avoided by employing a method involving empathy and understanding These discriminatory views are shown through several situations in the novel One of these is the racism shown from the Anglo-Saxon people towards the African-Americans This racism makes it difficult for the African-Americans to live in peace as the Anglo-Saxons treat them without respect or consideration Another example of an incorrect view in the novel is the view that the Finch children have developed of Arthur Boo Radley from stories they have heard from their neighbours Boo Radley is seen to be the equivalent of an evil monster which is entirely untrue as he turns out to be a nice man Another biased view was the way that Jem Finch saw his neighbour Mrs Dubose - To be a mean thoughtless and worthless old lady Scouts view of her Aunt Alexandra was much the same and Scout had to learn to understand her Aunt and he views and appreciate them The author has narrated the novel from the point of view of Scout a young girl The use of this technique further emphasises the message of the novel contrasting dark themes with the innocence and naivet of a young child who expects everything in life to be fair and right In the town of Maycomb the white residents are greatly prejudiced towards the black people In the novel this racism is shown when the residents are greatly opposed to Atticus Finch a lawyer defending Tom Robinson a black man who has been charged for assault on a white lady The court case held for this event provides the knowledge that Tom Robinson is innocent however Tom Robinson is convicted to be guilty purely due to the fact that he is an African-American man who was up against the word and opinion of an Anglo-Saxon lady This
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