To What Extent Is the Statement, Prejudice Is Based on Not Truly Understanding Others, True in to Kill a Mockingbird and the Poem ‘Then and Now’

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Prejudice is based on not truly understanding others.
- To what extent is this statement true of to kill a mocking bird and one other text of your choosing Prejudice is created from people unable to comprehend and respect others and their beliefs and their mannerisms. This statement is seen to be true to a high extent in both the texts of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Leeand the poem ‘Then and Now’ by Oodegeroo Noonuccal. Prejudice based on not really understanding others is shown in the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, through the character of Boo Radley. Boo is a mysterious, misunderstood being who no one in the town truly apprehends him and therefore is forced into being prejudiced against by everyone in the town of Maycomb through fear of the unknown. Prejudice formed from not truly understanding others is also shown in the poem ‘Then and Now’ by Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the author writes of the harsh contrasts of the Indigenous people’s old way of life and the new ways of living that the white invaders of the Indigenous peoples land, had forced them to undertake. This was caused by false pretences of which the white people thought that the Indigenous people were living in poverty and devastation, they did not understand the Aboriginal ways of life and consequently destroyed their lives and their happiness. These texts are both good examples in which the idea of prejudice being based on not truly understanding others is very accurate. Prejudice is formed from people not actually understanding others, this can be exhibited in the novel of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee’ through the character of Boo Radley. Boo Radley is a strange and intriguing character that is greatly misunderstood by the whole town of Maycomb. Many people in the town are uncertain of his true circumstances and because of so much undetermined knowledge about Boo Radley, people induce ‘fear of the unknown’ and ‘demonization of the other’. This is shown when Jem refers to...
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