The Magnitude of Prejudice in Maycomb, Alabama

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The Magnitude of Prejudice in Maycomb, Alabama

By: Joseph Carpino

Course: ENG 2D1-02
Teacher: Mrs. Wyles
Date: Thursday December 2, 2008

To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King said “I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” For many years prejudice was a large problem in Alabama. A novel that emphasizes the magnitude of this problem is entitled “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Three examples from the novel that show the extent of prejudice in Maycomb, Alabama are the jury convicting Tom Robinson, everyone in the community rejecting Mr. Raymond and when Mr. Ewell approached Atticus the day after the trial. In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”, prejudice has a massive impact on many people throughout Maycomb, Alabama.

The first critical example that is demonstrated in the novel is how the jury was convicting Tom Robinson. Evidence of this is when Reverend Sykes tells Jem and Scout “I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favour of a coloured man over a with man.” (Lee 281). This shows how the jury was prejudice because they convicted Tom Robinson as guilty seeing that he was a black man. This is prejudice because the jury decided in favour of Mayella given that she was white instead of support of what was right, which was that Tom Robinson was innocent. This is the first very important example that shows the jury was prejudice when they convicted Tom Robinson.

The second vital example that is demonstrated in the novel is how everyone in Maycomb rejects Mr. Raymond because he has a black wife, interracial children and everyone thinks...
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