To Kill A Mockingbird: Lessons Never Learned



Harper Lee's “To Kill a Mockingbird”, long considered an American
classic, is as relevant to today's society as it was when it was published
almost 40 years ago. The novel is a comment on the origins and
implications of prejudice. Prejudice is born of fear – the fear of what we
do not understand. Told through the eyes of a child, “To Kill a
Mockingbird” illustrates the logical shortcomings of judging people based
on our fears. This point of view also clearly demonstrates why prejudice
exists today; it is taught from generation to generation.
There are numerous examples of prejudicial behavior in the novel.
Two examples portray a type of prejudice still present in today's ...

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Robinson's alibi was strong and the character of the accuser was
in question, however, he was still brought to trial. Many of the
townspeople developed a lynch-mob mentality and did not want Tom Robinson
to be granted the right to trial. Atticus was not swayed by prejudice
against Robinson and fought for the trial, which he subsequently lost. To
further illustrate the town's prejudice, Atticus was scorned for
representing Robinson in the case. The strength of the towns prejudice is
evidenced in its quick move towards ending the trial and ultimately killing
Tom Robinson.
True stories exist from the beginning of American history of
similar tragedies to that of Tom Robinson's. It is likely that Harper Lee
compiled a number of stories, either overheard or read, into the story of
Robinson. In the 1960s, the United States was engulfed in turmoil related
to the civil rights movement. As a result, “To Kill a Mockingbird” seemed
to speak to a certain point in time. ...

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