Sting of Prejudice
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there are many characters whose lives and thoughts about one another are distorted by prejudice and stereotyping. Three of the many characters whose lives were affected by prejudice are Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson and Dolfus Raymond. Bob Ewell's mind is distorted in his view of other races. Tom Robinson is a victim of prejudice and is treated unfairly because of the color of his skin. The third character Dolfus Raymond is not accepted by the community because he is married to a black woman. These are three very different men whom by choice or circumstance are forever affected by the hatred associated with prejudice and stereotyping.
Bob Ewell is a man who is consumed by hatred, he is very poor and thinks very little of the black people in the community. Bob believes "that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings" (17). Prejudice in Maycomb is both racial and socio-economic. "The Cunninghams don't like the Ewells" (226) because they consider them lower class. The "Ewells hate and despise the colored folks." (226) The trial has given Bob Ewell the opportunity to not only persecute a black man but to feel in a very public way that he is superior and more believable to the jury because of his race.
Tom Robinson is unjustly accused of a crime he did not commit. "Tom was a truthful man married with three children" (190). Usually a truthful man can be trusted but as "Tom gave his testimony" (191) Bob Ewell and the other people watching the court case knew that he had no chance to win. Tom made a mistake when he said he "felt right sorry for " Melaya Ewell in front of the jury because it was not acceptable for a black man to feel sorry for a white woman (147). Tom never had a chance because prejudice poisoned the minds of the jury. Although Atticus Finch had proven Tom Robinson innocent, a black man's word could never be accepted as...
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