Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird
Much too often one is judged by the shallow exterior, rather than looking inside, deep into the person to accept their quirks and differences. If a person does not fit classic stereotypes, they are most of the time, sadly, rejected from peers and family. Characters from To Kill a Mockingbird such as Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch experience prejudice, but in unlike ways. Yet, similarly, when strangers get to truly understand these three men, the accusers realize they are at fault. Being different is sometimes hard to think of in a positive light, but once it is noticed, they are often honored or respected. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the theme prejudice is ignorant is displayed through different kinds of prejudice.
The first character faced with prejudice, ageism particularly, is Atticus. Since he is a wise and older man, Atticus has trouble keeping up with his young children. After his long days at the office, he enjoys sitting down on his sofa chair, and quietly reading the newspaper. When stressed, he does not have any patience to wrestle around and make a ruckus. Jem, being a juvenile boy, he is often disappointed that his father cannot join the community baseball game or even toss around a football in the backyard. All he wants in a father is the ability to be on the go and vigorous. At this point in his maturity, Jem does not respect his father’s vast knowledge and gentle nature. After always refusing to shoot a gun, Atticus was put on the spot to kill a dangerous, rabid dog, Tim Johnson. Killing him with one bullet, Jem admired this unique and unexpected skill. To prove wrong his ageist thoughts even further, Jem starts to realize how impressive Atticus is when he fights and defends Tom Robinson in the courthouse. He respects his father in other areas that athletics and playfulness. Jem takes pride in his father after this realization, proving wrong his prejudice mindset of the strong man he...
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