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In Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird the many facets of prejudice are demonstrated The book is an excellent study of human nature and attitudes toward various groups and ideas The old south Alabama mind-set is seen through the innocent eyes of two children and their untainted approach to the horrible events that plague a small town This paper will explore racial prejudice class prejudice and prejudicial attitudes toward the mentally handicapped Racial prejudice existed throughout the American South during the 1930s The town was ready to condemn Tom Robinson for the rape of Mayella Ewell It could not even be considered that she might have seduced him because she was white and he was black The prejudicial lines between the races were clearly drawn Even though the Ewells were considered white trash they were still white When the trial actually took place the whites were allowed to sit in the main area of the courtroom and the blacks were seated in the loft area Atticus and his children were probably the only people in the town who truly did not judge people by the color of their skin The second form of prejudice in this classic work is that of class discrimination The prime example of this when Aunt Alexandra told Scout not to hang out with the Cunningham boy because he and his family were trash The Ewells were considered to be beneath the others in the town as well but they used Tom Robinsons trial to try to gain notoriety within the community They relished the attention they got Again Atticus and his children were the only ones in the town to see people for what they were rather than what they had or were born into The third form of prejudice was expertly exhibited with the childrens attitude about Boo Radley Boo was mentally impaired and the entire town shared the childrens fear of the man
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