To Kill a Mockingbird – Social Prejudice

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee in the 1950s based in the rural south of the U.S.A. in the 1930s. Lee writes from the point of view of both young Scout Finch and grown-up Scout or Jean Louis Finch. It is the story of three children, and how they grow up and learn new things about the world, they will soon become a part of. As they mature, they must deal with being harassed by other people when their father is chosen to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. Even though Harper Lee writes about racism, sexism, and classism in the 1930s, we still see the same type of prejudice in our society to this day. Social prejudice in our society is caused by the passing on of bias through the generations. Harper Lee uses dialogue to convey to the reader that racism, sexism, and classism are passed on to children from adults in their community. On the YWCA’s website,, in The Guardian, and in Harold Bloom’s To Kill a Mockingbird Guide, we can find evidence that the ideas passed on by adults in our community are the central reason that racism, sexism, and classism persist in our society. Harper Lee and other contemporary authors effectively make the case that adults are perpetuating racism, sexism, and classism in our society.

Harper Lee effectively uses dialogue to make her argument about racism and how it is passed on to children through the prejudices of adults. When Scout is sitting with the missionary society, the women begin to talk about how the black community was mad the day after the trial. Mrs. Farrow began talking about how they were fighting a losing battle with the blacks and said, “We can educate ‘em till we’re blue in the face, we can try till we drop to make Christians out of ’em, but there’s no lady safe in her bed these nights.”One can interpret from this quote that the women of the missionary society believe that the black men are inherently bad and no mat…

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