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Is to kill a mocking bird a tragedy To answer this question you must firstly clarify your understanding of a tragedy The dictionary would describe it as being A dram of elevated theme and diction and with fatal or disastrous conclusion but could be described simply as a sad event The question Is To Kill a Mocking Bird a tragedy is built around a number of different injustices Even though the book has its happier more carefree moments the underling issues such as slavery social prejudice gender prejudice racism and poverty are the ones we must take into consideration for if To Kill a Mocking Bird is a tragedy then these are the main tragic events By further exploring these injustice issues I hope to answer the question is To Kill a Mocking Bird a tragedy Boo Radley Mr Dolphus and Bob Ewell are all the victims of tragic social prejudice directed by an overpowering small town social community This community of stereotypes makes opinions judged on social status beliefs wealth health appearance and breeches of the accepted normal behaviour By further exploring each of these behaviours I hope to clarify my understanding of social prejudice in the book and state whether it is tragic or not The hermit like ways of the Radley family prompted the community to make lurid assumptions about Boo They would seek to use him as a scapegoat and describe him as a monster For example when peoples azaleas froze in a cold snap it was because Boo had breathed on them when peoples chickens and household pets were found mutilated it was Boos work the pecans that grew on their trees were even considered dangerous The tragedy of it all is the way people drew conclusions about Boo It is made clear in the final scenes of the novel in which he saves Scout and Jem from Mr Ewell and we learn that he is not the
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