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I need as many quotes with page numbers on prejudice that Atticus, Bob Ewell, and Calpurnia show in To Kill a Mockingbird

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM (Answer #1)

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ATTICUS FINCH.  Atticus is color blind when it comes to the races. He reprimands Scout for using the "N" word because it is "common." During his summation to the jury, he accuses Mayella Ewell of tempting Tom.

"She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man..."  (Chapter 20)

Later, he reminds the jury that it is an

"--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..."  (Chapter 20)

BOB EWELL.  It is obvious that Bob has no respect for the black people of Maycomb. He is perfectly willing to allow Tom Robinson to die for the lie that he has decided to tell concerning Mayella's injuries. On the witness stand, he declares that

"--I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!"  (Chapter 17)

Later, he stalks Tom's widow, Helen, "crooning foul words" at her along the way. When Link Deas warns him to leave her alone, Bob responds that

     "I ain't touched her, Link Deas, and aint' about to go with no nigger!"  (Chapter 27)

CALPURNIA.  Cal is able to navigate in both the worlds of black Maycomb society as well as being a trusted member of the Finch family. She stands up for Jem and Scout when they are accosted at the First Purchase Church by Lula, who objects to the presence of white children; and in a rare commentary about white folks, she declares that Old Mr. Radley is

"... the meanest man ever God blew breath into"... and she spat meditatively into the yard.  (Chapter 1)

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