Identify several social issues that were addressed in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Write a paragraph explaining how the author addressed these issues.

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The most obvious social issue addressed in To Kill a Mockingbird is racial prejudice. The town’s attitude toward Tom and Atticus (for defending Tom) show that there is a deep seated ancestral bigotry ingrained in the social fabric of Maycomb County. There are characters who defy this bigotry, but for the most part it is an accepted part of the area’s rural life.

We also see some of the problems that females face. This is not a very obvious social issue in the novel, but as we look at the events through the eyes of young Scout, we see a real frustration with the expectations that are placed on her as a girl. She is expected to behave and look a certain way, and she doesn’t want to do it.


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