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To Kill a Mockingbird is more about prejudice than simply racism Discuss making reference to specific characters and events to support your answer Just as it is a sin to kill a mockingbird so is it to act with a prejudiced attitude In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee prejudice was encountered throughout the story as racial social or even a rare complete lack of prejudice These three degrees of prejudice appear in a variety of ways such as simple childish ideas expressed about a neighbour an horrific trial or in the personality of a unique character Prejudice in the novel was largely based on racial discrimination This became clearer with the case of Tom Robinson Chopping down trees for wood and doing other idle chores were Toms only crimes Tom was like a mockingbird in this story it was a sin to kill him We the readers of the novel were entirely aware of Toms innocence but also knew that Toms life would come to an abrupt end The moment that Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed he was a dead man Why Because he was a Negro and what was a young Negro man to say when an even younger white girl accused him of rape Just as the children with their new air rifles were likely to overlook a blue-jay in exchange for a mockingbird so too were the juries of the 1930s to overlook Bob Ewell in exchange for Tom Robinson The jury convicted Tom without sufficient evidence The only evidence they had was from an untrustworthy white man and his daughter Here we saw another example of racial discrimination The jury a group of randomly selected people who decide the outcome of a court case had no just cause for putting Tom to death except for its feelings of hatred and loathing because he was a Negro The whole town got to
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