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The popular opinion in society is always the opinion of the majority of society Due to this simple fact minorities often are ignored when they attempt to voice their opinions and are sometimes scrutinized for it In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird many such examples exist as well as in The Grapes of Wrath and the short story The Lottery All three of these works in different methods show to some extent that the voices of minorities are often just whispers among a roaring society Marginal members of society are particularly mocked and maimed Tom Robinson for example from To Kill a Mockingbird a black man accused of raping a white woman is convicted even though circumstantial evidence is all but presented His lawyer Atticus Finch describes the case in this quote In our courts when its a white mans word against a black mans the white man always wins Theyre ugly but those are the facts of life There is a sense of support for the African-Americans present in the novel too Mr Dolphus Raymond states his opinions of discrimination to Dill perfectly You arent thin-hided it just makes you sick doesnt it Atticus also tells his children some very good advice for the future As you grow older youll see white men cheat black men every day of your life but let me tell you something and dont you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man no matter who he is how rich he is or how fine a family he comes from that white man is trash Women as well as children although they are not a minority they are treated the same way In Shirley Jacksons The Lottery they schedule a public stoning every year for June 27 and decide who to stone through a process of drawing slips of paper for families and then for individuals of that family Women and children are no exception
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