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In both the setting and plot of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee she portrays the prejudice that went on in the 1930s This is depicted in many aspects of the novel and remains focused on groups white and black in Maycomb Alabama Prejudice is associated with the basic assumptions of fear and injustice Prejudice is shown by the acts of hate and violence toward others just because of their race and events like this are very prevalent throughout the novel In the poem Sympathy by Dunbar he also conveys racial prejudice In the poem the caged bird was very much treated like the characters in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird The people in the poem wanted their freedom and treated like an equalIn To Kill a Mockingbird Lee uses setting to convey prejudice Since the book takes place in the 1930s where racism is very prevalent Prejudice reoccurs throughout the story The cousin of Jem and Scout yells Hes nothin but a nigger-lover Lee 94 He was referring to Atticuss choices He said this because Atticus chose to go against his own race by helping out Tom Robinson whom is black and was accused of raping a white girl Atticus did judge people by their color he wanted to show his children Scout and Jem that the color of a persons skin did not make a difference Lee also uses the plot to convey prejudice This costs an innocent black man Tom Robinson his life because he is found guilty without justice In the novel Lee states 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 Lee 224 Lee wanted people to know the intensity of racism in the Deep South This showed the reader that no mater what a black person did not have a chance for a fair
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