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To Kill A Mockingbird is an inspiring novel which presents many themes and issues relating to 1930s society in the midst of the great depression Prejudice was very common during this hard time and Harper Lee emphasises this through the eyes of an innocent six-year-old girl Scout Scouts hometown of Maycomb plays an important part in To Kill A Mockingbird and is responsible for many of the issues raised in the novel namingly prejudice Thus through techniques such as characterisation structure point of view and language Harper Lee can emphasise on the issue of prejudice along with many other apparent issues A large amount of characters are victimised by prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird There are many types of prejudice included in the novel and one of the outstanding forms is that of Racism Racism relates to quite a range of characters in the book however Tom Robinson is the most apparent character relating to this issue Tom is a husband a father of four and a frequent churchgoer Nevertheless based on Maycombs old- fashioned views and beliefs many of the towns people judge him because of his colour Unfortunately Tom is accused of rape by a lonely white nineteen year old Mayella Ewell Atticus Finch the father of six-year-old Scout values the belief that all human beings must be accepted and treated equally This is why he takes the case of Tom Robinson This is due to the fact that even the people in Maycomb who believe in Toms innocence will not stand up for him as it would be against their social morals to defend a black man Nevertheless Atticus stands for what he knows is right and defends innocent Tom However due to the racial stereotypes present in Maycombs society Toms trial against Mayella was not a success The citizens of Maycomb and the twelve jury men typically being white were clouded with prejudice and did not take the time
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