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To Kill A Mockingbird Prejudice Is Part

To Kill A Mockingbird: Prejudice Is Part Of Our Inherent Nature Essay, Research Paper

To Kill A Mockingbird: Prejudice Is Part of Our Inherent Nature

Why did Atticus defend a nigger? What was the point of being the advocate for a

black man? It doesn’t matter if their guilty or innocent, you can ceaselessly

and effortlessly convict the animals for their colour vice. You can even turn a

blind eye to the obvious truth. And so did the ?people?, the white, narrow-

minded, bigoted and hypocritical people of Maycomb.

The justification for why Atticus broke from the norm, and acted unlike most

others in his community, can be compared to the motive of the central character

in the novel, A Time To Kill, written by John Grisham. The comparative

character, a lawyer named Jake, also endangers not only his own life but his

family’s, by defending a Negro. He is compelled to undergo such a risk as he

believes he is protecting an innocent man. Despite the fact that he is black.

Jake could not live with himself if he failed to give his utmost effort in

clearing the accused, Carl Lee Hailey’s, name. The lawyer feels that it is his

obligation to humanity to do so. Similarly, the case Atticus accepts is

something which goes to the essence of a man’s own conscience. Atticus is

unable to treat the underdogs of the town how the majority of people act towards

them. Clearly the people of Maycomb are narrow-minded, bigoted and hypocritical,

and Atticus Finch is not. Nothing can be done to make the prejudiced, perverse

people hear the truth. This dogmatic attitude does not occur exclusively

between the whites and the Negroes either. The community’s unsubstantiated

stories about other citizens also demonstrate their heedless to the truth and

prejudiced natures.

Arthur Radley, otherwise labelled Boo, has for decades been maliciously

slandered, in the county. The people that have done so do not know Arthur, and

the reason they can make such judgments escapes me. When there was a series of

pets being mysteriously slaughtered, the consensus was that it was performed by

Boo. Later, when the culprit transpired to be someone else, most people were

still rooted in the belief that Boo was to blame. They could not believe the

truth. And all unsolved crimes committed, in the area, have been manufactured

solely by him. If your garden freezes it is because he breathed on it and nuts

and other fruits, grown on the Radley property, are considered poisonous. Why

have these allegations been targeted on Arthur? All that distinguishes him from

other folks is that he isolates himself from the community. Is privacy a crime?

Do we all have to act like sheep and follow the flock? Are none of us able to

act unconventionally and live how we wish to live? According to the community

of Maycomb, the answer the last question is no. Just another example of the

people’s narrow-minded and bigoted mentalities. Arthur saved both the lives of

Scout and Jem Finch. He left them gifts. Yet, very few people can look beyond

his damning past. And he is white!

Tom Robinson, would be a free man, living with his family, if it was not for the

citizens of Maycomb. I admit, he was guilty. Guilty of being a neighbour to

someone in trouble. Guilty of helping Mayella a great amount doing odd jobs

for her, without pay, but from the goodness of his soul. Guilty of wishing to

make her long-suffering life easier. Guilty of refraining from her physical

advances. Guilty as charged. Oh, how he should suffer. Yes, Tom has many

damning weaknesses. However, his main sin is being black, and in Maycomb county

that is enough to discard all evidence and logical reasoning, exclude all

rational thought, and convict him of rape and battery. Atticus stated, ?Tom

Robinson was a dead man as soon as Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.?

(p266) He had no chance of an acquittal as no-one will hear the truth, on

account of the dire racism that has been embedded into them.

The jury, representing the ?typical? kinsmen of the community, pronounced Tom

guilty. All evidence pointed to Mr. Ewell as the offender, a man who spends his

relief cheques on whiskey and lets his children cry with hunger pains. Poor

white trash. While, Tom Robinson is a good citizen, with a good job and a good

family but with a bad, bad skin colour. And that’s the important factor. Isn’t

it essential to obstruct the world from becoming one that isn’t bigoted? If it

was to fall into that destructive state, people that thrash their children, so

that their faces become unrecognizable, like Bob Ewell, may not triumph over

gentle and kind-hearted ones like Tom Robinson. The judge, jury, both lawyers,

practically the entire town knew that Tom was innocent and showed their utter

hypocrisy by sentencing him, nonetheless. The bigotry of the community

predetermined the verdict of the case. It was proven unquestionably that he did

not rape nor beat Mayella, but the people of Maycomb still could not hear the

truth. Why? Perhaps, this is the origin of the term ?to whitewash?.

Prejudice is a part of our inherent nature, to fear the unknown, to dislike

those who are unlike us. To strive to surpass this will make us part of an

enlightened society. Or does that take too much effort? Is saving the lives of

?inferior? people, like Boo and Tom too superfluous? The narrow-minded, bigoted

and hypocritical people of Maycomb endeavored to kill mockingbirds. ?

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy….they don’t do

one thing but sing their hearts out for us.? (Page 100) The persecutors were

deaf to the truth. They killed Boo and Tom, who in turn became two killed