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To Kill A Mockingbird has several themes included in this classic novel The theme of a book is defined by the dominating ideas in a literary work It is an abstract concept that is made solid through the authors use of action images and characters The main theme in this work is the reality of prejudice Class sex and race are some of the prejudices present in the town of Maycomb Prejudice concerning ones class in society is dominant in the town of Maycomb Class structure in this novel is important because it creates a caste system for the people to follow In this system the black population permeates at the bottom Families with the Finchs stature would be found at or near the top According to the caste system people had a position to uphold for example if you were of a Finchs status you were to act respectably and not act like trash The Ewells in this story are just above the colored folks only because they are white Most people look down upon them resulting in avoidance This caste system exists because in Maycomb it is the way things have always been Class structure promotes a sense of security for the people and thats the way the people want it to stay Since this story takes place in the 1930s there is also a prejudice towards women Men believed that women were the weaker sex and not equal to a man A prime example of this is when the men believed they should protect their women from Tom Robinson because he allegedly raped a white woman This is another reason the jury could have used to charge Tom Robinson as guilty Not only could they do it for upholding their white supremacy they could also say they were just protecting their women from a predator The author portrays the women who have tea with Aunt Alexandra as representatives of the way a
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