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Racial Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Obesity: The Last Bastion of Prejudice by S. Flanagan, and A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove by J. Moloney
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Prejudice is a preconceived opinion or judgment without proper knowledge or examination of facts I have learnt that prejudice is unjust and leads to intolerance discrimination and racism These aspects of prejudice are illustrated in the texts To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee Obesity The Last bastion of prejudice by Sahale Flanagan and A Bridge to Wisemans Cove by James Moloney Intolerance of particular groups of people based on prejudice and racism is found in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee Atticus accepts a case to defend a black man in a town where blacks are segregated and despised This makes the whole town turn against him and even his children because they cannot accept that one of their own is defending someone that they hate Your daddy Atticus is a disgrace an that nigger oughta hang from the water-tank p84 Due to the extreme racism rooted deep in the community public display of intolerant behaviour is accepted in the town Similarly the article Obesity The Last Bastion of Prejudice by Sahale Flanagan illustrates the intolerant attitudes towards the obese based on stereotypical views She uses the personal experience of a woman who has experienced a sudden change in attitudes towards her due to a 150lb gain in weight my kids were embarrassed friends felt sorry for me and strangers were shamelessly disgusted by my presence - Leslie Lampert By using a personal experience Flanagan shows the other side of the story and is able to emphasize the prejudice towards the obese by invoking guilt and sympathy into the reader Flanagan also uses 2nd person to be confrontational and blunt in order to demonstrate the stereotypical intolerant views of the obese In this way she makes the viewer feel responsible and awkward You probably think she smells bad you pity her you ridicule her These texts illustrate how intolerance based on prejudice opinions is destructive and unjust Discrimination
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