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Prejudice Synthesis

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Priyanka Balakumar

on 11 June 2013

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Transcript of Prejudice Synthesis

Predjudice
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet
To Kill a Mockingbird
Connections to Modern Society
Prejudice
is a burden
that has confused the
past
threatens the
future
and
continues in the
present
.
American Born Chinese
These are two examples that shows prejudice against a certain culture and its beliefs.
Thesis:
To Kill a Mockingbird
American Born Chinese
Romeo and Juliet
Of Mice and Men
In all four of these books, the act of being prejudice is a major issue presented by each of these authors in many different ways.
Almost everyone in Romeo and Juliet is hurt by prejudicial acts. For example: Romeo lost the one he loves, Juliet, because his and her parents were prejudice against each other.



Juliet's cousin dies from prejudicial acts because Tybalt does not favor Romeo’s family.
These quotes from the play show all the hurt that prejudice has brought to these families.


Nurse: “Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished. Romeo that killed him, he is banished.”(Shakespeare, page 81 ). Tybalt is killed and Lady and Lord Capulet are depressed for their lose of their daughter Juliet, Lord Capulet:” Death that hath ta'en her hence to make me wail, Ties up my tongue, and will not let me speak.”(Shakespeare, page 111).
"If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we're set."
-George (1.44)

George tells Lennie not to say a word when speaking to the boss of the ranch . This is because he is scared that people will be prejudice of Lennie's disabilities which could cost them the job.
When Lennie asks Crooks, " Why ain't you wanted?", Crooks responds by saying," Cause I'm black..."(4.10-11)

Another type of prejudice presented in this book is racial prejudice.
Though Crooks was born in California , he is still always made to feel like an outsider, even in his home state. Crooks is painfully aware that his skin color is all that keeps him separate in this culture.
In Harper Lee's book, Atticus is a brilliantly skilled lawyer. In the book he says a famous quote, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus explains to Scout that you can never judge someone without understanding who they really are.

"Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed."(244)

This shows that no matter how much evidence Atticus presented in court, Tom would still be accused guilty because peolpe were prejudice of his race.
In the present world, people still judge quickly, without taking into consideration the other person’s background or circumstances.
Nicole Kelly was born without her left forearm, and was never accepted in beauty pageants because of her disability. Now, she was recently crowned as Miss Iowa after fighting for her rights.

To this day, women face the gender stereotype of having to be "delicate" or "fragile". In some cases this is true, but not always. A female weight-lifter, Farah M. took on the world of prejudice and is now an Olympic medal-winner.
There are still people who judge according to looks and heritage. When leaving an airport in Canada, a 20-year old middle eastern man complained that he was given extra attention in airport security.
Personally,this understanding of prejudice behavior has led me me to realize that:
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