To Kill a Mockingbird - Paper 9

To Kill a Mockingbird - Paper 9

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  • Date Submitted: 12/15/2008 7:15 PM
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Kenzie Nason
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To Kill A Mockingbird

Discrimination is acts or attitudes based on prejudice, unfairness or injustice towards a particular group of people. In our current times there is still discrimination, some of which stems from long ago. “To Kill a Mockingbird” takes place in the early 1930s when discrimination was not only tolerated, it was encouraged by many. The types of discrimination in this novel are much more extreme than they are today. Times have changed and there is still prejudice, unfairness, and injustice for many; however, it doesn’t compare to how different times were when this book takes place and the discrimination people had to go through. Boo Radley is a young man who has grown up dealing with social discrimination from his family and the community around him. He has dealt with his family being ashamed of him, and the small southern town that he’s grown up in ignoring him. You will read more in this essay about how he grew up with social discrimination, and how that affected him. In addition to Boo Radley, there is another character in this book that experienced discrimination; Tom Robinson went through racial discrimination. He is treated like a second class citizen when he’s falsely accused of raping a woman. Because of the color of his skin, others believed the lies told about him and as a result he was punished for a crime he didn’t commit. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, there are many types of discrimination but there are two that stand out the most; social discrimination and racial discrimination are shown by Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. By reading this book I have come to realize that racial and social discrimination can hurt a society.

In Maycomb Boo Radley is a social out cast. His father did not want him to go to public schools kept him in his house. Because of this other kids feared him and thought he was insane, but they still tried many times to get him to come out of his house. "What are...

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