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harry7459 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 15, 2012 at 5:32 AM via web

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What are 3 topic sentences for the messages the novel To Kill a Mockingbird conveys about prejudice. 

I am writitng an essay about this and I need 3 topic sentences and if possible some hints on qoutes.  

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the joys of reading To Kill a Mockingbird is witnessing Atticus teach his children about life. He is the antithesis (opposite) of all the negative worldly things that they witness at school and in the neighborhood and in Maycomb in general. The idea of racism is present throughout most of the story, as Atticus tries to defend Tom Robinson not only from his murder charge but also from the ugly attitudes of so many of the townspeople.

Atticus does not share in the hateful, racist attitudes of his fellow citizens, and he is trying mightily to teach Jem and Scout not to also. He has a far reaching view of the effects of such racism. He isn’t merely worried about the Tom Robinson case. Look at the following quote:

"There's nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who'll take advantage of a Negro's ignorance. Don't fool yourselves – it's all adding up and one of these days we're going to pay the bill for it. I hope it's not in you children's time."

Atticus is saying that you can’t mistreat an entire race without someday facing the consequences.


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arf4405 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM (Answer #2)

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Where is that quote found in the book?

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