Persuasive Essay on to Kill a Mockingbird

A persuasive essay on how there are many prejudices in To Kill a Mockingbird.

 p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird

Prejudice is a natural thing for people in Maycomb. People are prejudice against Negro people, children and women. Although just about everyone has more rights than a Negro. A mixed race child is even more discriminated than a normal Negros. There are many prejudices in the book To Kill a Mockingbird such as sexism, racism, and ageism.

There is sexism in To Kill a Mockingbird. The fact that women are supposed to stay home and not do anything but housework. They are supposed to cook, clean, wear a dress and much more. “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home – I declare to the Lord you’re gettin’ more like a girl every day!” (Lee 51). This is showing how girls/women are sort of worthless and they are only good for sewing, cooking and so on and so forth. That the women should stay home. It is a little different if it is Negros.

Negros get no respect at all. Everyone is prejudice about them. People are racist coated racists with racist filling. “…That you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption – the evil assumption – that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber” (Lee 204). If they see a Negro person they boss them around and some are even maids or helpers. Take Calpurnia for an example. She is Negro who helps the Finch family but she does act like a white person with her speech and her etiquette. They also can’t get a very good job like any position of power. The jury in the Tom Robinson case was all white. If you are a mixed child, you have it worst. Mixed children didn’t fit in anywhere. They are part black so whites won’t accept them, and they are part white so no Negros will accept them.

If you are a child, you don’t have much power either. When you are young people don’t want you coming or going to things. One example was the court room. “-skin every one of you alive, the very idea, you children listenin’ to all that! Mister Jem, don’t you know better’n to take your little sister to a trial? (Lee 207). Children weren’t listened to as much as when you are an adult. Jem told Scout that she would understand things better when she was older.

People are really prejudice. As you see, they can be racist, sexist, or there can be ageism. If you are a Negro, a woman or a young kid, you have no power and are mostly ignored. Scout didn’t want to be a lady so she was always acting like a guy by playing outside and messing around. There are many prejudices in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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