Prejudice in 'to Kill a Mockingbird'

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Prejudice can be described as an opinion or judgment of a person based usually on race or religion before all the facts are known. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows the terrible effects that prejudice has on people, including the main characters: Arthur Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson. To begin, the awful consequences of prejudice are shown through Arthur Radley ( Boo Radley). Throughout Maycomb, Boo Radley is known as a “monster” for casually stabbing his father one day with scissors while he was cutting up paper for a scrap book. Although this is a terrible thing to do, no one really knows if there was a motive behind his actions and the people of Maycomb are not giving Boo a chance to show how kind he really is. Another incident concerning prejudice towards Arthur Radley is between Scout, Jem and Dill. While Dill is visiting from Meridian, the three children play many acting games, and one summer they decide to act out a scene about the Radley’s. The play ends with Boo Radley (played by Jem) stabbing his Father, Mr. Radley (played by Dill) in the leg. This game is prejudice because they are only acting out what they have heard by word of mouth, and not actually witnessing the incident. The game abruptly ends when Atticus sees what they are doing. A third and final incident is about rumors encircling Boo Radley and what he supposedly does at night such as eating squirrels and peeking into windows: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (13) Ultimately, Scout finds out that Arthur is not any of these things, but because most people in Maycomb...
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