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Social, Religious, Racial Prejudice in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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Adele Tosello

on 1 November 2012

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Transcript of Social, Religious, Racial Prejudice in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Social, Religious and Racial Prejudice
In "To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee demonstrates how racist Alabama was during the 1930's. She demonstrates how life between the whites and blacks was a segregated one. Harper Lee points out how racism blinds one from what is right. She shows us all that racism is hurtfl and that someone like Atticus is what is needed to stand up for what is right. "Apparently deciding that it was easier to define primitive bapistry than closed communion, Miss Maudie said: "Foot-washers believe anything that's pleasure is a sin. Did you know some of 'em came out of the woods one Saturday and passed by this place and told me and my flowers we were going to hell" (49) The author uses this quote to demonstrate social inequality. Harper Lee shows that adults are the ones that teach and instill these prejudicial views and opinions in children. Lee also demonstrates how ridiculous it is to judge people in this way. "Don't be silly, Jean Louise," said Aunt Alexandra, "The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he'll never be like Jem. Besides, there's a drinking streak in that family a mile wide. Finch women aren't interested in that sort of people" (255) Maycomb's stereotyped views and beliefs about the blacks also affect Atticus Finch and his children.
They are treated differently because of his decision to defend a black man, Tom Robinson. Social Prejudice Aunt Alexandra's is a perfect example of one of Maycomb's citizens who is guilty of social prejudice. Religious Prejudice An example of religious prejudice is noticed in Chapter 13 when someBaptists pass by Miss Maudie Anderson's house and demonstrate their intolerance and condemn her for enjoying her garden. "Your father is no better than the nigger and trash he works for" (117). Racial Prejudice Religious Prejudice
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