To Kill a Mockingbird (Prejudice)

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Truman Capote Pages: 2 (702 words) Published: November 6, 2012
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In To Kill a Mockingbird you can see the terrible effects prejudice can have on people. In the story even the main characters Atticus Finch, Arthur Radley, and Tom Robinson receive prejudice from almost everyone in Maycomb, Alabama. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

In the Beginning there is the everlasting town legend of the gruesome Boo Radley. Throughout the town he is known as a monster for stabbing his father in the leg with a pair of scissors when he was a kid. Even though no one in the town knows exactly what happened, they still believe the worst of Arthur Radley and are never willing to except that he made some mistakes, but is actually a good person. Another prejudicial act came from the Finch children and Dill, while they were acting out the events they had heard about Arthur Radley. As the children ended their acting they stopped with when Arthur Radley stabs his father in the leg with the pair of scissors. Even though the children have only heard the story retold to them, they accept it as the truth and joke about it. The fun comes to an end when Atticus Finch sees the children making fun of the Radleys’ and orders them to stop immediately. The last tale that the town has to tell of poor Arthur Radley is that because of his size he is a savage that goes out at night eating squirrels and looking into peoples windows. In the minds of the children Arthur Radley was a tall, gross looking monster. His diet was mainly raw squirrels and a cat if he could catch it. This is how the legend explained his bloody hands; because the blood of raw animals wouldn’t wash off. For his facial appearance the tale was that he had a large scar that ran across his face and his teeth were rotted. In the end of the story Scout finds that none of these cruel rumors are true. But because...
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