Prejudices in To Kill a Mockingbird
Prejudice is represented in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ through the depiction of the characters in Maycomb. Many of these characters rely on the assumptions they have made based on only one aspect, e.g. racial and social prejudices that are evident in this novel. The representation of these prejudices can be seen in many ways and the examples below are indicative of this.
Firstly racial prejudice is discrimination based on the colour of one’s skin. In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson is convicted of a crime he did not commit as he was previously convicted of rape and this society believed that once you are convicted then you’re the obvious guilty person. The other reason was that the two witnesses were white and in Maycomb a white’s word is more truthful than someone of a different colour.
Tom Robinson was brought before a court governed by white people and to Atticus’s best efforts Tom Robinson is found guilty of crime he didn’t commit. Atticus tries to persuade the jury in changing their ways and look past race and stereotype: "They were confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption- the evil assumption- that all Negro's lie, and that all Negros are basically immoral beings. I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty". Tom Robinson was convicted despite Atticus’s efforts, the more plausible explanation was more due to the fact that he was a black man and his word wasn’t considered truthful or as important as a white man’s word.
Also in the book ‘To Kill a Mocking bird there is racism shown towards Atticus and his family. When Atticus decides to represent Tom Robinson he gets sworn at by getting called a ‘Negro Lover’ by many people in Maycomb including his own nephew. Atticus is a lawyer and a highly respected member of the Maycomb society and unusually he...