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Prejudice Issues in To Kill a Mockingbird The novel To Kill a Mockingbird contains many aspects of modern day prejudice Although the book contains many forms of prejudice I believe that three played the largest role in this story The main prejudice is the act of racism which was very common in the time that the book takes place There is prejudice of religion and of gender The prejudice of blacks and whites classified who you are and how you are treated as an individual by your skin color In this novel there are many cases of this type of prejudice In the trial of the rape of Mayella Ewell a white woman against the defendant Tom Robinson a black man He was clearly not guilty of the crime that he was accused of however being a man of color he was found guilty of this crime To Kill a Mockingbird also showed a prejudice of race by the number of times the word nigger was used through out the novel The matter of religion also caused a great deal of prejudice toward people In Maycomb county there were churches for the blacks and different churches for the whites The blacks go to the First Purchase African ME Church and the whites go to the Methodist or Baptist church on Sundays Foot-washing Baptists have a prejudice against anyone who does something for pleasure because they believe that it is a sin One Saturday Miss Maude was sitting on her porch when a Foot-washing Baptist passed by and told her that She and her flowers are going to hell Through out this novel everyone treats Scout different because she is a girl She is raised with her father and brother so to fit in she has to act like a boy Jem has a prejudice against Scout because she is a girl and she needs to act like girls did at that time Jem often
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