Prejudice



o Prejudice of every sort runs rampant throughout this town, and even though things are simply “not fair”, that’s just the way today is.
o Boo Radley, who appears to be a “town freak.” Not much is really known of him, just hearsay stories that people whisper to one another and to their children to warn them of the ‘so called’ evils that may occur – when they, really, are the evil ones. (this is due to the fear of the unknown.
o One story told is regarding an incident with the Radley’s father, who is supposedly stabbed with a pair of scissors, while Boo is under the wrong influence of the wrong group of friends.
o Mrs. Dubose is a story within herself. Introduced as an annoying old lady, who always screams insulting remarks at the children, she seems like the typical crotchety elderly women
o Atticus is a single parent, who faces the world raising two children. He has a reputation for being an open-minded, fair man, overflowing with integrity.
o Tom Robinson, the accused, has a reputation within his own black community as an upright, honest, church-going family man. The Ewells, as a contrast to Robinson, aren’t exactly noted for being model citizens, Bob Ewell, the father, has a reputation for being a town drunkard, allowing his children to miss out on valuable education.
o The major event that has started to unravel, prior to the novel is the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewells. Robinson, who was a hired hand, is accused of raping Bob’s daughter, Mayella. This case falls into Atticus’s lap, not because he believes that Robinson is innocent, but it is his job to prove the latter so.
o When Tom takes to the stand, the obviously true story comes out. It becomes evident that Mayella Ewell was a very lonely person whose only crime was to kiss a black man. Her father, Bob Ewell, beat and raped her for this crime. Bob Ewell forced her to say that Tom did it, so that he wouldn’t get into trouble.
o After the verdict is announced, guilty, the children, as well as members of the community, discuss and react to the verdict.
o BOO VS. SOCIETY – The fear of the unknown plays a major role in this conflict. Viewed as the town freak, the parents of the community tell stories of Boo, and warn their children against going near him, or even worse: becoming him. These stories and the curiosity built up inside every child leads Radley to be a ‘set off’ from society.
o ROBINSON VS. WHITE COMMUNITY – As another ‘mockingbird’ of the story, he is wrongly accused, and loses his life due to racism of the community. Even though it is obvious, to every person in the jury, that Robinson could have not committed the crime, and that he is an upright and religious church-going man, he is still accused of rape and is jailed.
o EWELLS VS. ATTICUS – During the trial Atticus was the lawyer for Tom. He proved through various examples that Bob was guilty, not Tom. This completely, but silently, destroys any type of credibility that Bob possessed. He now resented Atticus and sought revenge on him. He attacked things that Atticus held most dear, his children. After a Halloween ball, Jem and Scout were walking home. Bob Ewell followed them and attacked them with a knife. Boo Radley saved them.
o Prejudice runs rampant in Maycomb County. The town has prejudice against blacks. This is shown against Tom Robinson, as well as the Black community. It is obvious that Tom is innocent through evidence presented by Atticus. But since the jury ‘cannot’ find a black man innocent over a white family, they find him guilty.
o No one bothers to find out about the real Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley. He may seem a little scary but the town ridicules him and shuns him from society. All children have been raised to fear him as the town freak. If they took the time to see the world from his eyes they might not be so prejudiced about his situation.
SMALL TOWN, BIG PROBLEMS!!


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