Discrimination in "To Kill a Mockingbird"
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The paper argues that "To Kill a Mockingbird" not only reveals racial prejudice, it pivots a discussion concerning discrimination. The paper goes on to show how Harper Lee tenaciously explores the moral nature of human beings, especially the struggle in every human soul between discrimination and tolerance. The paper asserts that the novel is very effective in not only revealing prejudice, but in examining the nature of prejudice, how it works and its consequences.
From the Paper:"The most important theme of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is author Harper Lee's tenacious exploration of the moral nature of human
beings, especially the struggle in every human soul between discrimination and tolerance. The novel is very effective in not only revealing prejudice, but in examining the nature
of prejudice. One of the ways it accomplishes this is by dramatizing Scout's and Jem's maturing transition from a perspective of childhood innocence. Initially, because they have never seen or experienced evil themselves, they assume that all people are good by nature and tolerant of others. It is not until they see things from a more realistic adult perspective that they have to confront evil and prejudice and incorporate it into their understanding of the world. (Castleman)
"As a result of this skillful literary portrayal by Harper Lee of the psychological transition from innocence to experience to realization, To Kill a Mockingbird suceeds admirably in portraying the very real threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance have always posed to the innocent. Simple, trusting, good-hearted people such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are tragically unprepared. They are ill-equipped emotionally and psychologically to deal with the unexpected depths of the prejudice they encounter. As a result, they are destroyed. Even Jem is victimized to a certain extent by his discovery of the evil of prejudice and its hidden power over so many people during and after the controversial trial. (Bergman and Asimow)"
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