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Prejudice is arguably the most prominent theme of the novel It is directed towards groups and individuals in the Maycomb community Prejudice is linked with ideas of fear superstition and injustice Racial prejudice consumed the mob pg 166 which wished to prevent Tom even gaining a court hearing the most basic form of justice This is probably the fiercest form of prejudice in the novel The abolition of slavery after the civil war gave blacks the same legal position as many whites in America This initially made Blacks lives harder because now the Whites saw them as competitors for jobs during the 30s depression Fear and paranoid led to the Whites believing that the Blacks desired all the whites had including their women Aunt Alexandras attitude to Calpurnia The Missionary tea ladies comments about the Blacks Segregation of White and Black in Maycomb Dolphus Raymond - White man living with Black woman Class Family Group is recognised by Jem on page 249 There are four kinds of folks in the world - Finches neighbours White middle-class Cunninghams Badly hit farming community Ewells Lowest class of whites White Trash Blacks Seen as bottom of social strata Due to the abolition of slavery there was no longer a clear-cut line between the Ewells and the Blacks skin colour did not make them any better When Tom said in the trial that he felt sorry for Mayella a crime worse than rape in the jurys eyes - the lowest class showing superiority for a class above themselves The white community was frightened for their own position in society the only reason Tom was found guilty was to maintain the traditional hierarchies Alexandra is obsessed with heredity and educating Scout and Jem of their superior family background - she will not allow Scout to bring home a Cunningham to play nor will she allow her to
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