Prejudice Leads To Injustice Essay

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Prejudice leads to injustice
Throughout this classic piece of literature written by Harper Lee, injustice and prejudice acts by the townspeople are the main focal points of the story with many examples present in the novel. Boo Radley, Atticus, and Tom Robinson are all examples of prejudice and superstition that leads to injustice. Boo Radley is the main example of superstition and Tom Robinson is the main example of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Boo Radley is the subject of both prejudice and superstitious beliefs made by the people of Maycomb. Rumors of Boo's nightly activities have turned him into an idol of gossip and a man who is feared throughout Maycomb. He has acquired a ...view middle of the document...

The Radleys have never done anything wrong in town, and the townspeople of Maycomb have no basis for their superstitions. We as the readers know that but none of the characters do which creates a sense of sorrow and pity for Boo Radley. In the end, Scout finds out that Boo Radley is a nice kind shy boy who hasn’t done any of these malicious actions, but because mainly every townsperson in Maycomb hasn’t seen him for around fifteen years, the rumors will go on about Boo Radley forever.
The first and main character affected by prejudice acts is Atticus Finch. Almost all of Scouts friends have fathers or father figures that are young and able to certain activities Atticus cannot do. This shows prejudice because automatically Scout is assuming before ever really getting the hardcore facts straight and could have at the very least asked her father about something unique he can do. Later we find out Atticus has amazing aim with a gun. The second incident of prejudice towards Atticus is when he is called “nigger lover” for agreeing to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. The third example of prejudice towards Mr. Finch is when Bob Ewell spits on Atticus’s face after the trial for defending Tom Robinson, (What kind of man are you!) Bob Ewell. Bobs Ewell says this after he finds out Atticus is going to do his very best to defend Tom.
The third and probably the worst case of prejudice were with Tom Robinson. Near the beginning of the book, we find out that Tom Robinson, a black man, has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewells daughter: ...

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