What are some examples of prejudice being shown in Chapter 14?

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

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The Finch children discover prejudice first-hand in Chapter 14 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. While downtown, they hear people remark, "There's his chillun'" and "Yonder's some Finches," but when they turn to see who makes the comments, they see only backs turned toward them. The people are upset because it is now common knowledge that Atticus will be defending the Negro, Tom Robinson.

They also observe Aunt Alexandra's racial bigotry when she declares that Jem and Scout "may not" visit Calpurnia's house. In the end, they do not visit Calpurnia, but Atticus has a long talk with Atticus about Calpurnia's well established place in the Finch family. 

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In Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird when Scout tells Atticus about hers and Jem's trip to church with Calpurnia, Atticus seems amused, but Aunt Alexandra is less than pleased. Then, when Scout asks permission to accompany Calpurnia again on Sunday, Aunt Alexandra intervenes, "You may not."  When Scout talks back to her aunt, Atticus scolds her. With her feelings hurt by having to apologize to her aunt, Scout pouts in the bathroom.  There she overhears Atticus and his sister arguing about Calpurnia, with the implications that Alexandra wanting to dismiss Clapurnia as a negative influence for a young lady.  Unlike her brother, Alexandra does not feel that Calpurnia is "a faithful member of this family" as Atticus describes her. 

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